Devils fire head coach Lindy Ruff amid 30-27-4 season; Travis Green to take over on interim basis

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The New Jersey Devils announced Monday they have relieved Lindy Ruff of his coaching duties. Associate coach Travis Green will take over as head coach for the remainder of the season.

The Devils (30-27-4) are sixth place in the Metropolitan Division.

“I hold our entire organization to the highest levels of accountability to focus on being a competitive team that expects to be a perennial playoff contender,” New Jersey president and general Manager Tom Fitzgerald said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we are not currently at that level, and I needed to make this decision.

“This was an extremely difficult conversation to have with Lindy based on the relationship that he and I have. He was the right coach to develop our young players on the ice, and above all else, he is a tremendous person.”

Ruff, 64, has been an NHL head coach for 24 seasons, the first 15 with the Buffalo Sabres. He then spent four years each at the Dallas Stars and Devils. Ruff led New Jersey to the second round of last year’s postseason before losing to the Carolina Hurricanes in five games.

Green, 53, has been associate coach since June 2023. He was head coach of the Vancouver Canucks for parts of five seasons from 2017-18 to 2021-22 with a 133-147-34 record. Prior to the NHL, Green was head coach for the Utica Comets in the AHL from 2013-2017.

“Travis has key experience running benches at the junior, AHL and NHL levels and knows that there are no shortcuts to success,” Fitzgerald said. “He is a high-demanding individual who is familiar with the group and excited about working to get us back on track.”

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