By Allan Muir
The Dallas Stars are in the market for a new head coach.
Glen Gulutzan, who’d manned the bench for the past two seasons, had a third year on his contract at the team’s option. New general manager Jim Nill informed him today that the team would not extend the option.
Although it took a little longer than was expected, the decision to go in a new direction didn’t catch anyone by surprise. After five straight playoff DNQs, including both years under Gulutzan, the Stars are a team in the midst of a significant organizational shakeup. Nill was brought in last month to replace Joe Nieuwendyk and tasked with not just changing the makeup of the team, but the culture of the franchise.
Part of that has to be establishing an identity. Gulutzan’s hands were tied there by the mixed bag of players he was handed, but there was never a sense of what this team was supposed to be under his watch. Like a lot of the youngsters on his roster, he might not have been seasoned enough for this level of play.