It probably wouldn't be a good idea to fire your coach after he said "I've got a lot of respect for Lindy, he knows how to push me, how to push my buttons. We have a really good relationship, I'm a huge Lindy Ruff fan."
Well assuming Jack Hughes = Devils you're perfectly correct. But if you don't want to let 8 goals per game then you gotta find yourself a new coach.
Speaking from experience. Ruff more or less killed Lehtonen's and Niemi's career.
I’m somewhat torn on the Ruff issue. He’s had the worst luck with availability and performance with goalies in his two years with the Devils, and injuries to other key players as well. Bratt, Hughes, Hischier and Mercer have developed rather well during his time here and I think Ruff’s gotta have some credit for that. Offense generation 5 v 5 has been very good under Ruff as well.
But there’s also the defensive lapses, the woeful special teams performance, dressing Geertsen for 25 games, PLAYING ALEX FRIKKIN HOLTZ ON A LINE WITH GEERTSEN OMFG
It wouldn’t be the end of the world if Ruff came back in 22-23 for a final year, Devils are still transitioning from rebuilding to contending. But I think there probably are better options to put behind the bench for next year.
On balance, I’d want a new HC for 22-23.