By Douglas Holtz-Eakin
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The Dallas Stars have fired coach Glen Gulutzan after he failed to make the playoffs in two seasons at the helm.
Glen Gulutzan couldn't end the longest playoff drought in franchise history for the Dallas Stars and the second-year coach didn't hold the option on the remaining season in his contract.
The Dallas Stars fired general manager Joe Nieuwendyk on Sunday after four seasons, two coaches and no playoff appearances.
The Dallas Stars have chosen Jim Nill to replace fired general manager Joe Nieuwendyk, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press.
Sheldon Souray has been selected to three NHL All-Star games. But a year ago he was in Hershey, Pa., miles and miles away from any NHL city and even further away from playing in the league.
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.
As a new general manager, Joe Nieuwendyk tried putting his stamp on the Dallas Stars by making his first coaching hire a well-traveled veteran who'd won a Stanley Cup. That didn't work too well, so Nieuwendyk took the opposite approach this time.
The Dallas Stars have agreed to hire Glen Gulutzan as their next coach.
He nevertheless said the move wasn't a foregone conclusion in his mind.
Gulutzan said that wasn't under his control and that he'd continue to work for the Stars until told otherwise.