DALLAS -- Though there weren't any current members of the Dallas Stars present at the press conference Friday that saw Lindy Ruff introduced as the team's new coach, there was one notable former player in attendance at American Airlines Center.
That was Stu Barnes, who during his 16-season NHL career played for Ruff when he was an assistant with the Florida Panthers between 1993 and 1997, and again when he was coaching the Buffalo Sabres between 1998 and 2003.
"I really enjoyed playing for him," Barnes said. "I think he's a very good coach, very smart guy, understands the game really well, has a really good understanding of system play, and not only that, but how to deal with NHL players. I think that's such a big part of being a successful coach, is being able to manage your people and get the most of your players regardless of the situation."