New Jersey Devils: 5 Questions Still Yet To Be Answered

Head coach Lindy Ruff of the New Jersey Devils waves to the crowd following their series-winning victory over the New York Rangers in Game Seven of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on May 01, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Head coach Lindy Ruff of the New Jersey Devils waves to the crowd following their series-winning victory over the New York Rangers in Game Seven of the First Round of the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Prudential Center on May 01, 2023 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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New Jersey Devils head coach Lindy Ruff: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /

What’s Going On With Lindy Ruff’s Contract?

Tom Fitzgerald said that Lindy Ruff’s contract was being worked out. He’s technically a free agent that can sign with any team, but there are no head coaching openings, and the Devils aren’t interviewing anyone else. We have to believe they are working out the details.

It is very strange there has been nothing released on these negotiations. Are they disagreeing over money? How long will the contract be for? He is approaching 65 years old. How much longer does Ruff want to do this?

For all we know, the contract is already signed, sealed, and delivered. Maybe the Devils have the clarity, but they just haven’t announced it for whatever reason. That would be so unlike them. They’ve been pretty open about everything, and this is largely a positive after the season Ruff and the Devils just enjoyed.

This is the last major notch that hasn’t been announced publicly. Maybe we’ll never know the length of the contract. It was a well-known situation that Ruff needed a new contract, but it wasn’t exactly public knowledge like free agent players. It’s possible we’ll never know, but it will be interesting to see if Ruff puts an end date to his coaching career.