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Report: Stars are primed to fire Glen Gulutzan

Apr 28, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

Glen Gulutzan AP

Please note that this hasn’t been confirmed, but RDS’ Renaud Lavoie reports that the Dallas Stars will part ways with head coach Glen Gulutzan.

On one hand, this shouldn’t be shocking. The Stars decided to replace GM Joe Nieuwendyk with Jim Nill, so the former Detroit Red Wings executive probably hopes to hire “his guy.”

Still, Gulutzan didn’t exactly get a big window of opportunity to work things out.

While fellow fired coach Joe Sacco received four seasons to find a winning formula before being sacked in Colorado, Gulutzan received just two seasons – including this abbreviated one – to ply his trade. He didn’t make it to the postseason in either campaign, but few believed that the Stars were legitimate contenders in 2011-12 or 2013.

Some would say they overachieved each year under the 41-year-old coach.

Regardless of whether it seems fair or not, the bottom line is that the Stars didn’t make the playoffs and the franchise is opting to bring in new blood (assuming this report is accurate). The Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika named a few potential replacements for Gulutzan earlier this week, if you want to ponder possible options.

Update: TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that a decision won’t be made until he meets up with Nill. Perhaps he still has a chance, then?

  1. thehighcountrybear - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Curt Fraser was the winningest coach in Grand Rapids history before becoming an assistant in Dallas…?

    Curt Fraser, come on down…

    • einjzmolf - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      He also went 64-169-31 in his tenure as head coach of the Atlanta Thrashers, that’s not exactly pretty, but it is the Thrashers I suppose.. I wouldn’t be disappointed if Curt Fraser got the promotion, but I’m a strong believer in Willie Desjardins’ ways right now. That’s my current pick, but good call on Curt Fraser, also a really strong possibility. Either way, both are better options than Gulutzan.

  2. thehighcountrybear - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Willie may well be top choice…he is from Climax!

    Maybe the better choice really. Nill will need to separate himself from the Wings and dragging along more guys from their talent pool may be more tempting than wise?

  3. einjzmolf - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    I’ll trust his veteran decision in the role, before any decision Nieuwendyk makes/would have made. Unleash the serpents, Jim!

  4. jernster21 - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    Dallas was still in the playoff hunt when Nieuwendyk started a fire sale sending off some of the better plays they had…hard to put that on the couch but I think this is more of a case of hiring someone the new GM wants.

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