Coaching Staff

Lindy Ruff

Head Coach

Lindy Ruff

Named the 19th Head Coach in team history on July 9, 2020.

Ruff is one of the most successful coaches in NHL history, ranking third in wins among active coaches and sixth all-time. He is also fourth among active coaches in games coached and seventh all-time.


In parts of 19 NHL seasons with the Buffalo Sabres (1997-98 to 2012-13) and Dallas Stars (2013-14 to 2016-17), Ruff has compiled a career coaching record of 736-554-78-125=1,422 points (.561 points percentage) in 1,493 career regular-season games.

He has posted nine 40-plus win seasons, including a career-high 53 wins in 2006-07. In 2006, he won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach, and finished second in 2007 and third in 2016. In addition to an appearance in the 1999 Stanley Cup Final with Buffalo, he has posted a 66-54 record (.550 winning percentage) in 120 Stanley Cup Playoff contests.

He joins the Devils after spending the past three seasons as an Assistant Coach with the New York Rangers, working under Alain Vigneault (2017-18) and David Quinn (2018-19 & 2019-20). Ruff was responsible for working with the defensemen and over the past three years was integral in the development of young blueliners Tony DeAngelo, Adam Fox and Ryan Lindgren.

Prior to his time with the Rangers, Ruff was Head Coach of the Dallas Stars for four seasons from 2013-14 through 2016-17. He took a team that was experiencing its longest playoff drought in franchise history at five years and brought them to the playoffs in his first season. He guided the Stars to a 50-23-9 record in 2015-16, and a first-place finish in the Central Division and top seed in the Western Conference. The 50 wins were the third-most ever in Dallas Stars history and Ruff was selected as a finalist for the Jack Adams Award for the third time. During his four-year stint in Dallas, Ruff's teams scored the second and fourth-most goals per season in team history and the Stars led the Western Conference/were second in the NHL in goals scored per game with 2.97 over that span. Young players who experienced success under Ruff include Tyler Seguin, John Klingberg and Jamie Benn.

Ruff started his head coaching career with the Buffalo Sabres in 1997-98, where he would have a long, illustrious stint. He spent 14-plus seasons in Buffalo, where he made the playoffs in eight of those years. He led the Sabres to four Eastern Conference Finals, including consecutive appearances in 2006 & 2007, and to the 1999 Stanley Cup Final. He is the franchise's all-time leader among head coaches in several categories, including games coached (1,165) and wins (571). During the 2005-06 season, Ruff steered the Sabres to a 52-24-6 record and in 2006-07, to a single-season franchise record of 53 wins and the club's first Presidents' Trophy. Those two seasons rank as the top two in wins in Sabres' history. He began his coaching career in 1993-94 as an assistant with the Florida Panthers where he coached current Devils General Manager, Tom Fitzgerald. He spent four seasons in Florida, through 1996-97, and was behind the bench for the squad that went to the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals.

Ruff has extensive experience coaching for Team Canada both in head and assistant coaching roles. He served as Head Coach at the 2009 IIHF World Championship winning a silver medal and was also Head Coach in 2013. Ruff served as an Associate Coach for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia and the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, earning Gold Medals.

A left-shot defenseman during his playing days, Ruff skated in 691 career NHL games over 12 seasons, from 1979-80 through 1990-91, with the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. He posted 105 goals and 195 assists for 300 points and 1,264 penalty minutes. Ruff was selected by Buffalo in the second round, 32nd overall, of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He finished his professional career with one season each in Rochester (AHL) and San Diego (IHL).

Ruff, 60, is a native of Warburg, Alberta. Lindy and his wife, Gaye, have two sons, Brett and Brian, and two daughters, Eryn and Madeleine.

Associate Coach

Travis Green

Named Associate Coach on June 22, 2023 to join Head Coach Lindy Ruff's staff.

Green was Vancouver's head coach for parts of five seasons from 2017-18 to 2021-22 with a 133-147-34 record. He led the Canucks to the Second Round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, after the team posted a 36-27-6 record in the regular season.


Before coaching in the NHL, Green was head coach for the Utica Comets in the American Hockey League (AHL) from 2013-14 to 2016-17, winning 35 or more games in all four seasons. Utica clinched two postseason berths under Green's guidance and advanced to the 2014-15 Calder Cup finals. While with Vancouver, Green coached Quinn Hughes, the older brother of both Jack and Luke Hughes.

Previously, Green took over as interim head coach of the Western Hockey League's (WHL) Portland Winterhawks in 2012-13 and won a WHL Championship title. Green and the Winterhawks then clinched a berth in the 2012-13 Memorial Cup final.

A native of Castlegar, British Columbia, the New York Islanders selected Green in the second round, 23rd overall, at the 1989 NHL Draft. He recorded 455 points (193g-262a) in 970 career regular-season games from 1992-93 to 2006-07. Green spent most of his playing career with the Islanders (388 GP), but also skated for Toronto (181 GP), Arizona/Phoenix (147 GP), Boston (146 GP) and Anaheim (108 GP). The former NHL centerman appeared in seven different postseasons and earned 21 points (10g-11a) in 56 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Fitzgerald's relationship with Green dates back to being teammates together in 1992-93 with the Islanders, 2002-03 with Toronto and then 2005-06 on Boston

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Assistant Coach

Ryan McGill

Named Assistant Coach on July 29, 2022 to join Head Coach Lindy Ruff's staff.

McGill, was an assistant coach for the Vegas Golden Knights, spending five seasons in his role, from 2017-18 through 2021-22.


McGill helped Vegas reach the Stanley Cup Playoffs in four of the team's first five seasons, including becoming the first NHL expansion team to advance to a Stanley Cup Final (2017-18) since St. Louis in 1967-68.

McGill's previous NHL experience includes serving as an Assistant Coach with the Calgary Flames for two seasons, 2009-10 to 2010-11. He was promoted to that position after four years as the head coach of the Flames' American Hockey League affiliates in Quad City and Omaha. He was also the head coach of the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack from 2003-05.

McGill's coaching career began in 1996-97 as an assistant for the Edmonton/Kootenay Ice of the Western Hockey League (WHL), and he then served as head coach for the Ice from 1997-98 to 2001-02, culminating in the Ice winning a Memorial Cup that final season. McGill later returned to Kootenay as head coach in 2012-13 and earned the WHL's Coach of the Year award. In 2016-17, he was awarded OHL Coach of the Year, after a successful campaign with Owen Sound Attack. After two seasons with Owen Sound, McGill was hired to join the Golden Knights coaching staff.

A native of Sherwood Park, Alberta, McGill was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, 29th overall, in the 1987 NHL Draft. The right-handed shot defenseman played in 151 career regular-season NHL games before his career was cut short by injury. Over those games, he scored four goals and 15 assists for 19 points and 391 penalty minutes with Chicago (9), Philadelphia (134) and Edmonton (8) from 1991-92 to 1994-95. McGill led Philadelphia with 238 PIM in 1992-93 and was teammates with Kevin Dineen, current head coach of New Jersey's AHL affiliate, Utica Comets, from 1992-93 to 1994-95 on the Flyers.

Assistant Coach

Chris Taylor

Named Assistant Coach on October 23, 2020 to join Head Coach Lindy Ruff's staff.

Taylor, started his professional coaching career with the Rochester Americans (AHL) as an assistant from 2012-16. After the 2016-17 season as an assistant with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, he returned to Rochester to serve as the club's head coach.


Taylor reached the playoffs in his first two seasons and was on pace in his third with the Americans, finishing with a career record of 116-65-33 in 214 games. His points percentage (.620) was the fourth best in the AHL during the three-year span. He served as head coach of the North Division All-Star team for the American Hockey League All-Star Classic this past January. Taylor also served as an interim assistant coach with Buffalo for two months last season.

Born March 6, 1972 in Stratford, Ont., he began his professional career as a Development Coach for Rochester in 2011-12 before moving to a coaching position the next season. As a head and assistant coach, Rochester posted a 239-204-57 record for 571 points in 518 games. In his lone season with Wilkes-Barre as an assistant, the Penguins recorded a 43-27-6 record for 92 points, going to the Conference Semi-Finals in the Calder Cup.

The center was drafted in the second round, 27th overall, by the New York Islanders in the 1990 NHL Draft. Taylor's NHL playing career spanned eight seasons with three teams (Islanders, Boston and Buffalo), tallying 11 goals and 21 assists for 32 points in 149 games played. While in Buffalo, he played under current Devils' Head Coach Lindy Ruff for parts of four seasons.

Taylor played 11 seasons in the AHL, finishing with 167 goals and 393 assists for 560 points. Taylor appeared in 41 post-season games, recording 10 goals and 26 assists for 36 points in the post-season. Taylor was awarded the 2004-05 Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award, which is awarded annually to the player best exemplifying sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.

Taylor spent his junior career in the OHL playing for the London Knights, tallying 150 goals and 228 assists for 378 points in 259 games played. The left-handed shot took his Knights team to the playoffs in all four years playing in 38 games, posting 15 goals and 28 assists for 43 post-season points.

Assistant Coach

Sergei Brylin

Named Assistant Coach on August 18, 2022 to join Head Coach Lindy Ruff's staff.

The past nine seasons, Brylin served as an assistant and associate coach for the Devils' AHL affiliates in Albany (2012-13 to 2016-17), Binghamton (2017-18 to 2020-21), and Utica (2021-22).


Last season, Brylin helped lead the Comets to a North Division title and the best record in the Eastern Conference. Utica also set an AHL record after it began the 2021-22 campaign with 13 consecutive wins.

Brylin made his NHL debut on February 17, 1995, vs the New York Islanders and spent his entire 13-season NHL career, from 1994-95 through 2007-08, with New Jersey. He totaled 765 regular-season games, which ranks tenth in franchise history. He is one of just five players to win three Stanley Cup Championships (1995, 2000, 2003) with New Jersey, joining Martin Brodeur, Ken Daneyko, Scott Niedermayer, and Scott Stevens in the accomplishment. The forward totaled 129 goals and 179 assists for 308 points over his NHL career, with career highs across the board in goals (23), assists (29) assists and points (52) in the 2000-01 season. As part of his many achievements, Brylin had an iron-man streak of 328 games, playing in all games from 2003-04 through 2007-08. This run of games from October 8, 2003 to April 6, 2008 also marks the third-longest consecutive stretch in franchise history. Additionally, he earned 15 goals and 19 assists for 34 points in 109 career Stanley Cup Playoff games.

Brylin ended his NHL career after the 2007-08 season and retired following the 2011-12 season, after three years with St. Petersburg and one season with Novokuznetsk in the Kontinental Hockey League. Internationally, he represented Russia at two World Championships and two World Junior Championships. New Jersey's second choice and 42nd overall selection in the 1992 Entry Draft, Brylin first came to North America in 1993-94 as a member of the IHL's Russian Penguins.

Born Jan. 13, 1974 in Moscow, Rus., Sergei and his wife, Elena, who have long made New Jersey their home, have two children: daughter, Anna, and son, Fydor.

Goaltending Coach

Dave Rogalski

Named Goaltending Coach on October 23, 2020 to join Head Coach Lindy Ruff's staff.

Rogalski, spent three seasons, from 2017-2020, as the Goaltender Development Coach for the St. Louis Blues.


Rogalski, spent three seasons, from 2017-2020, as the Goaltender Development Coach for the St. Louis Blues. In that role, Rogalski was responsible for the training, film breakdown, and skill development of the Blues' young goaltenders and scouting goaltenders for the NHL Draft. He also crafted video packages and reports on opposing goaltenders and would visit goaltenders throughout the St. Louis system. Rogalski is credited with influencing Jordan Binnington's success late in the 2018-19 season, and his subsequent run to the Stanley Cup Championship with St. Louis.

The St. Louis Park, MN native started his professional coaching career in 2010 for St. Cloud State University, serving as their Goaltending Coach. Rogalski would go on to spend six years at the NCAA level, before being named Goaltending Consultant for Sioux Falls (USHL) in 2016.

The ex-netminder suited up for St. Mary's University (NCAA Div. III) from 2001-03. In his two seasons with the Cardinals, Rogalski played in 16 contests posting a 3.78 GAA and .880 savepercentage.