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Lindy Ruff

Head Coach

Named as 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.

Alain Nasreddine

Assistant Coach

Named to current position on June 17, 2015…

Spent five seasons as an assistant coach under John Hynes with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). During that time, his defensive corps allowed the league's fewest goals on four occasions. In 2010-11, helped lead Baby Pens to AHL's Macgregor Kilpatrick Trophy as league's regular-season champions.

A defenseman, 15-season professional playing career spanned from 1995-96 through 2009-10, and included more than 1,000 regular season games in the NHL, AHL, IHL and German Ice Hockey League. Selected by Florida in sixth round (135th overall) of 1993 NHL Entry Draft. Appeared in 74 NHL games with Chicago, Montreal, NY Islanders and Pittsburgh. Helped lead WBS to 2004 and 2008 Calder Cup Finals and served as captain in 2004-05 and 2005-06. 

Born July 10, 1975 in Montreal, Que. and played junior hockey with Drummondville and Chicoutimi (QMJHL), winning the league title in 1993-94. Alain and his wife, Josiane, have three children: sons Alec and Loic, and daughter Kaelle.

Mark Recchi

Assistant Coach

Named assistant coach on September 8, 2020 to join Head Coach Lindy Ruff's staff…

Spent the previous three season as an Assistant Coach with Pittsburgh where he was responsible for the power play. In those three seasons, the Penguins posted a 131-78-24 record, qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs each year. The Penguins were top-five in the League on the power play in two of his three seasons, including leading the League in 2017-18 with a 26.2% success rate. Their three-year mark of 23.8% ranked third over that span.

The 52-year-old joined the Penguins as a Development Coach in 2014-15, a position he held for three seasons before becoming Assistant Coach. Served in the role for Pittsburgh during their 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Championships. In that position, was responsible for working with the organization's young prospects in the minors, juniors and college. Prior to Pittsburgh, began his post-playing career as a Senior Advisor for Dallas (NHL) in 2013-14.

His 22-year NHL career included 1,652 games (sixth all-time), 577 goals (21st), 956 assists (5th), 1,533 points (12th), seven All-Star Games (1997 MVP) and three Stanley Cup Championships- 1991 with Pittsburgh, 2006 with Carolina and 2011 with Boston. In 189 Stanley Cup Playoff games, he scored 61 goals and 86 assists for 147 points. Spent most of his playing days in Philadelphia (602 regular-season games), and also skated for Pittsburgh (389), Montreal (346), Boston (180), Tampa Bay (62), Atlanta (53) and Carolina (20). He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2017.

A native of Kamloops, BC, brought home two gold medals for Canada- the 1988 World Junior Championship and 1997 World Championship, and skated in the 1998 Winter Olympic Games. Born February 1, 1968, Mark and his wife, Kim, currently reside in Pittsburgh. Mark has six children.

Chris Taylor

Assistant Coach

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.

Dave Rogalski

Goaltending Coach

Named goaltending coach on October 23, 2020 to join Head Coach Lindy Ruff's staff…

Rogalski, spent the previous three seasons (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.

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