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Stars owner asks for patience after devastating loss

Mar 18, 2013, 9:54 AM EDT

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The Dallas Stars have lost four games in a row, including a humiliating 8-1 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday.

With the team’s playoff chances slipping away, Stars owner Tom Gaglardi was asked following that loss if he planned to make any management or coaching changes.

“No,” Gaglardi said, according to the Dallas Morning News.

When pressed, Gaglardi further downplayed the possibility of shaking up the team.

“I don’t think we gain anything by making dramatic changes right now,” Gaglardi said. “I think it’s important to measure what we’ve got, and I think we need a good period of time to do that.

“I don’t think there’s anything to gain from doing anything like that or discussing anything like that, and nothing has been discussed like that. Frankly, that’s not on my mind from where I sit.”

Stars coach Glen Gulutzan is only in his second season with the club while GM Joe Nieuwendyk has been around since 2009 and the team hasn’t made the playoffs during his tenure.

The Stars have been rebuilding and do still have some young players in key positions like 23-year-old Jamie Benn and 21-year-old Cody Eakin. However, at this point they also have a number of core players either entering their prime or well into them, but listening to Gaglardi, they certainly don’t seem to be in win-now mode yet.

“I want us to just play better. I’m not going to be looking at the standings. I want us to just play good hockey,” Gaglardi said. “If we make the playoffs, we make the playoffs, and if we don’t, we don’t. We’ll deal with either scenario.

“Right now, it’s more about how we’re playing. I heard the term `wake-up call’ after the game last night, and maybe that’s part of it, but I think we just need to play a better game.”

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  1. oquintero99 - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    I think GM Joe is on his way out. The trades he has made haven’t really gone the Stars way. Hopefully the get out of this awful slump and make the playoffs and at least give its fans some hope on their future.

  2. jonzerjay - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Being a lifelong Stars fan and now living in the East and watching/listing to how east runs teams….I believe the Stars are an “in-between” franchise. Meaning, exit AHL early, get some live NHL time on a .500 club, get traded to a contender and excel!

  3. einjzmolf - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Get off nieuwie’s sack, Tom. Get him out of there and swap Gulutzan with Desjardins down in the AHL. Whiteboard willie actually knows what being a coach is, Gultuzan seems like a spectator and an analyzer. When you seem fine with your team losing 4 in a row something’s wrong, you simply mustn’t care. The Texas Stars sit atop the AHL using an NHL caliber coach while the Dallas Stars are creeping towards the bottom of the NHL using an AHL caliber coach, hmm, I wonder why

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