Big news out of the Dallas Stars organization today as the Stars have announced today that head coach Glen Gulutzan will not be brought back for head coaching duties after two seasons. Many were waiting for the news since the hire of Jim Nill as new General Manager of the Stars. Nill stated in a press conference that he would take some time to evaluate the coaching staff and then make a decision. The team has also let go of Paul Jerrard, who was Gulutzan’s right hand man since Gulutzan’s head coaching days with the Texas Stars. The Stars announced that they were keeping assistant coach Curt Fraser and goalie coach Mike Valley for the future.
Gulutzan’s, 41, coaching career began in 2003 when he was the head coach and General Manager of the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL. In six seasons with the club Gulutzan coached the Wranglers to two division titles and won the ECHL coach of the year award in 2008. In 2009 with the creation of the Texas Stars, Glen Gulutzan was hired as head coach of the team and in the team’s inaugural season coached the young Stars team to the Calder Cup finals where they were defeated by the Hershey Bears in six games. Gulutzan then coached the Stars to another playoff appearance the following season, but were eliminated in the first round in six games by the Milwaukee Admirals. After the 2010-2011 season, Gulutzan then became the top candidate for the Dallas Stars head coaching job after the Stars fired Marc Crawford. In his two season as the Stars head coach Gulutzan was 64-57-9 and finished 10th and 11th in the western conference.
Jerrard, 48, short NHL career was with the Minnesota North Stars in 1988 when Jerrard played five games for the North Stars. The rest of Jerrard’s hockey career was spent in the minor leagues. Jerrard’s coaching career began in 1998 with the Lowell Lock Monsters of the AHL. Jerrard’s first taste of NHL coaching came with the Colorado Avalanche where he was an assistant coach for one season. Jerrard eventually ended up with the Iowa Stars, who were the AHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars and stayed with them until the team was disbanded in 2008. When the Texas Stars were brought into existence in 2009, Jerrard was hired as an assistant coach to Glen Gulutzan and when Gulutzan was promoted to the NHL as head coach of the Dallas Stars, Jerrard was brought aboard as an assistant coach.
The names of possible replacement coaches are already starting to fly around the rumor mill in Dallas as the names of Dave Tippett, Alain Vigneault, and Lindy Ruff are circulating around. Stars fans shouldn’t expect a quick hire, but instead a search for a number of weeks to find the best candidate. The culture change is in full swing in Dallas; new GM, new coach, new jerseys and new logo, next new players?