Stars part ways with coach Ruff after disappointing season

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The Dallas Stars have begun the search to find a new head coach after parting ways with Lindy Ruff.

The Stars decided on Sunday they will not extend Ruff's contract for a fifth season in Dallas.

The move was not a surprise, considering Ruff's four-year contract was set to expire this month.

This season was also the second time during Ruff's tenure that the Stars failed to make the playoffs.

"I want to personally thank Lindy for his commitment and professionalism over the four years that he served as our head coach in Dallas," general manager Jim Nill said in a statement.

"Lindy is not only a highly respected coach, he more importantly is a great person and an outstanding family man whom I have the utmost respect for on and off the ice."

Nill said the Stars will begin the search to hire a new coach immediately.