April 12, 2011
Dallas Stars fire Crawford
By Sports Network
FRISCO, Tex. - Dallas Stars head coach Marc Crawford has been relieved of his duties Tuesday after two seasons with the team.
"I would like to thank Marc for the hard work he provided to the Dallas Stars over the last two seasons," said general manager Joe Nieuwendyk. "We wish him the best in the future."
Over his two campaigns with the Stars, Crawford's team posted a record of 79-60-25, but failed to make the postseason in either season.
Dallas sat atop the Pacific Division for portions of the past season, but went through a tough stretch over the second half and finished the campaign with a record of 42-29-11.
The final day of the season saw Dallas in position to make the playoffs with a win over Minnesota after Chicago had lost earlier in the day to Detroit. However, the Stars dropped a 5-3 decision to the Wild in the final game of the regular season.
Prior to coming to Dallas, Crawford had coached for the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks, and the Los Angeles Kings. He won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche in the 1995-96 season.
"I feel much stronger about our group where we are today than where we were at this time last year, and Marc deserves a lot of credit for that," said Nieuwendyk.
No time frame was given on when the Stars will hire a new head coach.