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Taxi! Gulutzan out as head coach in Dallas

May 14, 2013, 12:35 PM EDT

Glen Gulutzan AP

The Dallas Stars have fired head coach Glen Gulutzan.

The club made the announcement on Monday, also parting ways with assistant coach Paul Jerrard.

Dallas’ other assistant coach, Curt Fraser, has been retained, as has goaltending coach Mike Valley.

Gulutzan, 41, replaced Marc Crawford as head coach in 2011 and posted a 64-57-9 record with the Stars over two seasons at the helm.

Dallas never made the playoffs on his watch, though the club did make a spirited postseason push this year after dealing away veterans Derek Roy, Jaromir Jagr and longtime captain Brenden Morrow.

Gulutzan’s days seemed numbered in Dallas when the GM that hired him, Joe Nieuwendyk, was fired in late April and replaced by former Wings assistant GM Jim Nill.

As for who’ll replace Gulutzan…

AHL Texas head coach Willie Desjardins has to be considered a leading candidate. He captured the American League’s coach of the year honors this season and has done a fine job of grooming a number of young prospects that have played with Dallas at the NHL level.

Another name to keep an eye on could be Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault, who is on the hottest of hot seats in Vancouver at the moment.

Stars owner Tom Gaglardi is a British Columbia native and once tried to purchase the Canucks (before losing out to current owner Francesco Aquilini.)

  1. tycobbfromfangraphs - May 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Willie Desjardins also has 2 WHL championships under his belt while at Medicine Hat, if the job isn’t his, he should leave the organisation and find another team.

  2. billyhauntswizards - May 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    it was only two seasons. way too premature if you ask me.

    • hockeydon10 - May 14, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      New GM = new coach. Doesn’t mean he was horrible.

      • einjzmolf - May 14, 2013 at 3:40 PM

        Oh he was horrible alright. Gutless analyst doesn’t fill the role of head coach in the NHL very well. Been waiting for this day for 2 years. Pardon me while I go listen to some Ice Cube.

      • hockeydon10 - May 14, 2013 at 7:46 PM

        @einjzmolf
        Since it appears you’re a Stars fan, I’ll bow to your first hand knowledge. It’s not always the case of bad coaching when a new GM fires a coach, but I’m not so full of myself as to think I know that much about the Stars and their coaching problems.

      • einjzmolf - May 14, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        For sure! You’re exactly right, that is indeed the case most of the time. Wasn’t trying to take anything away from what you said :) Gulutzan’s job was on the line long before Jim Nill stepped in as GM, and it didn’t take Jim long to figure out exactly why either. Listening to his post game reports just made me cringe, his favorite word is turnovers. He’s a developer, an analyzer. One of many things a coach has to be, but he just doesn’t have the rest of his deck of cards just yet. He’ll be a great coach in a few years, but the big show just isn’t his spot in my opinion. When your players stop listening to you, and you as a coach resort to questioning your team’s manhood to try to get them going, that just doesn’t work. He had to go. I’m just ranting now because i’m happy he’s gone. I’ll shut up now haha

  3. canucks30 - May 14, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    It’s going to be Alain Vigneault.

    He can’t stay away from Aaron Rome for too long.

  4. hockeydon10 - May 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    I’m a little curious why Ruff wasn’t mentioned. Is he now toxic because the Sabres fired him?

  5. dlk75150 - May 14, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    How many more yrs w/o play offs, that’s what I want to know?

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