Patrick, a 21-year NHL defenseman, served as an assistant coach for the Buffalo Sabres over the past seven seasons, working under Ruff from 2006-13 and Ron Rolston to finish out last season. Prior to becoming an assistant coach in Buffalo, Patrick began the 2005-06 season as their skill development coach before finishing his playing career for Frankfurt of the German Elite League.
“I think for both of us it is an exciting fresh start,” Patrick told starsinsideedge.com. “Being a coach in this business you’re fortunate to stay in one place only for so long. I never would have expected to be in Buffalo for so long, coming there as a player and being there for over 14 years. It’s a fresh start and it’s going to be real exciting. I’ve heard nothing but great things about Dallas.”