Ruff, who's 60 years old, would be taking over one of the seven squads that was not scheduled to play during the season restart that will take place this summer for the Stanley Cup. The Devils had a record of 28-29-12 when the season was paused due to the coronavirus pandemic, and we re last in the Metropolitan division with just 68 points.
John Hynes was the team's coach from the 2015-16 season until about midway through this season, where he was replaced by Alain Nasreddine following a less-than-stellar 9-13-4 start. Nasreddine ended his short tenure with a winning record when the league put the season on pause on March 12.
This is Ruff's third stint as a head coach in the NHL. The highlights of his career came during his 15 seasons as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres which spanned from 1997 until 2013, and included eight trips to the playoffs and an appearance in the Stanley Cup Final in 1999, before he was fired midway through the 2012-13 season. One season later, he joined the Dallas Stars as the head coach and lasted four seasons, amassing a 165-122 record and two playoff appearances, before he was ousted. Ruff's career record is 736-554-78 through 19 NHL seasons.