The Dallas Stars hired Lindy Ruff as their new head coach, completing an extensive search that led to the longtime Buffalo Sabres bench boss.
Stars president Jim Lites told The Fort Worth Star-Telegram of the team's plans, barring anything unforeseen. Ruff has been a possibility since the job opened. He guided the Sabres for 15 seasons until he was fired midway through this season.
Stars general manager Jim Nill had reportedly been turned down by former Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault, who went to the New York Rangers. Ex-Rangers coach John Tortorella was also considered.
---The San Jose Sharks have signed forward Raffi Torres to a three-year contract that will keep him from becoming a free agent.
Torres would've become an unrestricted free agent July 5 but had expressed a desire to remain in San Jose.
Acquired from the Phoenix Coyotes at the trade deadline, Torres provided a spark with two goals and four assists in 11 regular season games, then scored an overtime goal to beat the Vancouver Canucks in the first round of the playoffs.
---Flyers center Danny Briere is done in Philadelphia. The team has decided to shed the veteran's contract via one of their two amnesty buyouts, Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren announced Thursday.
While the buyout can't be made official, Holmgren said Briere has been informed.
Briere, 35, collected six goals and 10 assists in 34 games last season and would have been a $6.5 million salary cap hit in each of the next two seasons.