The Dallas Stars were one of the most active teams yesterday. They brought in star players to fuel their efforts to chase the Stanley Cup. But in doing so they may have inadvertently put head coach Lindy Ruff on the hot seat.
Dallas was able to being disgruntled Ottawa Senators forward Jason Spezza to town via a blockbuster trade that sent Alec Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and 2nd round pick in 2015 to the Senators. Jason Spezza is a glorified rental player at the moment but, Dallas may have hopes of convincing him to resign during the 2014-2015 season.
The Stars talent pool hot deeper with the addition of Ales Hemsky who will most likely be joining Spezza on a line. The Stars now have a solid first and second line, and should be
looking at moving up the rankings in the Central Division. Let’s not forget about Tyler Seguin who came to Dallas last season.
With the addition of three very talented players less than a year will put pressure on Lindy Ruff. The bench boss is entering his second season in Dallas, and all indications are that the Stars front office wants big results and they want them fast. Ruff has only really had one season with this level of talent on a roster. It was back in 2006-2007 with the Buffalo Sabres. Ruff has not had the best reputation for managing top talent, and his hard noised approach worse thing while in Buffalo.
History aside, I can’t help but wonder if Ruff and the Stars brass are not putting their jobs on the line in hopes of catching lightning in a bottle. It is one thing to tell a new coach to show improvement, but it’s another to expect him to chase down the Chicago Blackhawks of the world.
Ruff will be entering the second year of a four-year deal; leading me to believe he only has at most a two-year window to show that he can manage this team and get them back to a Stanley Cup Final. It feels like despite getting the Stars back to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 is not going to be enough. Could coaching the Dallas Stars turn into Ruff’s last stand?