DALLAS (AP) – Before Glen Gulutzan even became coach of the Dallas Stars, captain Brenden Morrow tapped into his grapevine to learn about the 39-year-old career minor-leaguer.

He liked everything he heard.

Morrow called between six and nine guys who’d played for Gulutzan. He came away believing his new coach has what it takes to be the latest success story in the NHL’s trend of plucking coaches from the minors.

Morrow was at his new boss’ introductory news conference Monday to begin building the coach-captain relationship he believes is needed to return the Stars to prominence.

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