New Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced Tuesday that the Stars and head coach Glen Gulutzan have parted ways.
Gulutzan just finished his second season with the Stars after spending the previous 8 seasons coaching the top minor-league affiliate Texas Stars.
Gulutzan was hired by Joe Nieuwendyk after he fired Marc Crawford. Nieuwendyk was replaced as the GM two weeks ago when Dallas and owner Tom Gaglardi fired the 1999 Conn Smythe winner after missing the playoffs in all four seasons as GM.
Nieuwendyk started his tenure in Dallas by firing former head coach Dave Tippett.
Tippett then went on to lead the Phoenix Coyotes to three-straight playoff berths while the Stars searched for answers.
When Nill took over the reigns a few weeks ago, he stated that there would be a change in Dallas, and so far he has come through as promised.
Gulutzan was 64-57-9 in his two seasons with Dallas. His job might have been saved if Dallas could have closed the door on a playoff spot either of the past two seasons.
With 5 games remaining both years, the Stars controlled their own destiny, but Gulutzan’s teams went a combined 0-9-1 in those ten games.
Nill also fired assistant coach Paul Jerrard. He had been an assistant under Gulutzan when at the Texas Stars, and had been a part of the organization since 2009.
This is the third head-coaching vacancy since 2009. Tippett was the last coach to lead the Stars to a playoff berth back in 2007-08. Tippett led the Stars to the Western Conference Finals that year before losing to the Detroit Red Wings.
The Stars are not short on talent as Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson and others will return next season. Dallas will be a great job to have and help rebuild as the team is young and has plenty of upside.
According to Nill, coaches Curt Fraser and Mike Valley will reportedly stay with the club for now.