Lindy Ruff is out of a job.
The Stars decidedSundaythey will not extend Ruff's head-coaching contract for a fifth season in Dallas.
"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 JimNill 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 Starswillbegin the search to hire a new coach immediately.
The move wasn't a surprise, considering Ruff's four-year contract was set to expire this month. This season wasalso the second time during Ruff's tenure that the Stars failed to make the playoffs.
The Stars grossly underachievedthis season under Ruff,postinga34-37-11 for 79 points. He was hired in June 2013 after 15 years with the Sabres.