Ruff left the Buffalo Sabres as their all-time franchise leader in wins with a 571-432-162 record. During his tenure in Buffalo, the team made eight postseason appearances, including four trips to the Eastern Conference Final as well as an appearance in the 1999 Stanley Cup Final.
"One of the trademarks of successful organizations is their ability to have continuity and stability for an extended period of time," said Stars GM Jim Nill. "It is clear from Lindy's record, and from our own conversations, that we have found the right person to provide that stability and lead this club to the next level. His steady hand and experience will prove invaluable in returning our team as a top-tier contender in the NHL."
In 2006, Ruff won the Jack Adams Award as the League's top coach for guiding his team to the Conference Final.
"I am honored to be joining the Dallas Stars organization," said Ruff. "After speaking at length with Jim Nill, it was clear that all the right pieces are coming together to return this club to the upper-echelon of the NHL. I look forward to leading its resurgence."