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'Stuuuuuuuu' joins Hitchcock's staff in Dallas

Monday was the 18th anniversary of the Sabres' infamous No Goal game against the Dallas Stars that closed the 1999 Stanley Cup final. Stu Barnes scored the Sabres' only goal in that 2-1 defeat and now he's joining the coach who beat Buffalo that long night.

Dallas coach Ken Hitchcock, who is about to start his second tour of duty with the Stars, has named the former Buffalo captain one of his assistant coaches, along with former NHL players Rick Wilson and Curt Fraser.

Like Hitchcock, it's a second trip behind the Stars bench for Barnes. The 46-year-old was an assistant in Dallas from 2008-2011 and played for the Stars for five years after he was traded by the Sabres in 2003.

Barnes had 597 points in 1,136 career NHL games with five teams. And he was especially clutch in the postseason with 30 goals and 62 points in 116 playoff games.

Barnes currently co-owns his former junior team, the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, with ex-goaltender and former junior teammate Olaf Kolzig.

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