DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — After failing to make the playoffs in two seasons, the Dallas Stars have fired head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant coach Paul Jerrard, the team announced on Tuesday.
“I would like to thank Glen Gulutzan and Paul Jerrard for the work they provided to the Dallas organization over the past four seasons,” said GM Jim Nill in a statement. “They are both quality coaches and men, but we have decided to go in a different direction with our coaching staff and we wish them well in their next endeavors.”
Gulutzan, 41, was the 21st head coach in franchise history and led the club to a 42-35-5 record in 2011-12. In a lockout-shortened 2013 season, the team finished with and a mark of 22-22-4.
Prior to being hired by the Stars, Gulutzan served two years as the head coach of the Texas Stars, the club’s top minor-league affiliate. From 2003-2009, he served as the coach and general manager of the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL.
Nill, who spent the past 15 years as an assistant GM with the Detroit Red Wings, replaced GM Joe Nieuwendyk after the season ended. He acknowledged shortly after his hiring that change was needed.
“I wouldn’t be standing here if everything was rosy,” Nill said. “There wouldn’t be a change. That’s why we get hired. I know there’s a challenge here, and I’m looking forward to it.”
Dallas has now missed the playoffs a franchise-record five straight years.
The team also announced that it will retain assistant coach Curt Fraser and goaltending coach Mike Valley.
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