— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) July 8, 2020
This comes after a few weeks of speculation that Ruff was the front runner for the head coaching job. Ruff has spent the past three seasons with the Rangers as an assistant coach with mediocre results. Ruff was in charge of the defense while he was with the Rangers.
While Ruff has been in charge of the defense, it is worth noting that him going to New Jersey does not solve all of the Rangers’ defensive issues. It does ,however, perhaps give the Rangers a fresh look on the defensive pairs.
Lindy Ruff going to the Devils does not solve all of the Rangers’ problems, but it is certainly addition by subtraction.