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Dallas Stars dismiss coach Glen Gulutzan

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The Dallas Stars fired coach Glen Gulutzan

There was never a sense of what kind of team Glen Gulutzan’s Stars was supposed to be. (Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

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.

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  • Published On May 14, 2013
  • Short NHL season may save coaches who are on the hot seat

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    Coach Joe Sacco of the Colorado Avalanche is under fire

    It would probably take a miracle to revive coach Joe Sacco’s depleted Colorado Avalanche. (Jack Dempsey/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    Less than two weeks into this exceptional season and already the wolves are circling.

    In Pittsburgh, Dan Bylsma is being pilloried for his in-game management. In Colorado, Joe Sacco’s toughness is questioned. In Dallas, fans are grumbling about Glen Gulutzan’s lack of bench presence. In Florida…in Carolina…

    Anywhere teams are losing, panic buttons are being mashed by fans who are only too aware of the playoff implications of a slow start. Car pools are being organized to help ex-coaching staffs get to the airport. Wish lists of possible bench bosses are being drawn up on cocktail napkins.

    Change needs to happen, and it needs to happen now, before it’s too late. Right? Right?

    If it was up to the fans, half a dozen bench bosses would be looking over their severance packages right now.

    But general managers, the men who actually have to make these decisions, tend to be a little more judicious, a little more big-picture oriented. They want results, but they grasp that these are unique circumstances. Which makes me wonder: Could this actually be the safest year in NHL history to be a coach? A season in which not one single coach gets fired?

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  • Published On Jan 31, 2013