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June 20, 2013 | 2:13pm ET
Report: Ruff to become Stars coach

The Dallas Stars appear to have chosen their next head coach, as former Buffalo Sabres bench boss Lindy Ruff is in the process of being signed.

Stars President Jim Lites revealed the news at a Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday at the Colonial Country Club.

"It's (GM) Jim Nill's play. He's done an exhaustive review of talking to several candidates, at least 10, about coaching the Stars," Lites said, as quoted by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, who broke the story. "Lindy Ruff is in town meeting with Jim. I saw him as I was leaving the Stars Center. He's a guy I've known and always respected."

Ruff spent 16 seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, posting a 571-432-162 career record and becoming the club's winningest coach. He won the Jack Adams Award for the coach of the year in 2006.

"We respect Lindy a lot," Lites said. "I think he would be a great fit for us. I don't think the deal is done, but (barring any unforeseen circumstances) it would be a good thing for the Dallas Stars if he is hired. I don't think there is anything standing in the way of it other than getting Jim and Lindy together on money."

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