May 14, 2013
NHL notes: Stars fire head coach Glen Gulutzan
By QMI Agency
|The Dallas Stars fired head coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)
Well, that didn't take long.
New Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill announced Tuesday that head coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant Paul Jerrard have been fired. Assistant Curt Fraser and goalie coach Mike Valley will both be kept on.
"I would like to thank Glen Gulutzan and Paul Jerrard for the work they provided to the Dallas organization over the past four seasons," Nill said 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."
Nill was hired as GM of the Stars on April 29, replacing Joe Nieuwendyk, after spending nearly 20 years with the Detroit Red Wings.
The 55-year-old clearly wanted to hire his own coach to run the team but Gulutzan's two-season record of 66-57-9, including 22-22-4 this year, probably didn't work in his favour. The Stars missed the playoffs in both seasons Gulutzan, 41, was coach.
Gulutzan and Jerrard both coached the Stars' minor-league affiliate, the Texas Stars, for two years before moving up to the big club.
Fraser, 55, has a previous connection with Nill -- he was hired to coach the Red Wings' AHL team in Grand Rapids in 2008 -- and is considered a front-runner for the Stars' head coaching gig.
PANTHERS GET SCOREBOARD
The Florida Panthers will be getting a new scoreboard after all.
Broward County, which owns the BB&T Center the Panthers call home, will pony up the $4.2 million needed for the scoreboard, which should be in place before the start of the 2013-14 season. The Broward County Commission voted 6-2 in favor of paying for the scoreboard, according to the Miami Herald.
"Thank you Broward County for your support," Panthers president Michael Yormark said on his Twitter account Tuesday. "Big day for the arena and the county."
Yormark told the Herald Monday that the arena needed a new scoreboard and the Panthers refused to buy it. The county auditor said the Panthers would need to pay for the scoreboard but the commission clearly disagreed.
CROSBY UP FOR MASTERTON
Is coming back from a concussion more impressive than playing with multiple sclerosis?
Or how about returning to the NHL after surgery related to remove blood clots related to Thoracic Outlet Syndrome?
We'll find out when the Masterton Trophy winner is announced. As it stands, Sidney Crosby (concussion) of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota Wild goalie Josh Harding (MS) and Boston Bruins defenceman Adam McQuaid (TOS) are the finalists for what amounts to the NHL's comeback player of the year award.
"I think whether you're nominated or not, you miss any extended period of time or through a tough injury, any time you can get back to playing hockey and get back to what you love to do, that's a big honour in itself," Crosby said on the league website. "To be recognized for that definitely means a lot. A lot of guys who have battled through different things that have won that. Definitely an honour."
Crosby missed most of the previous two seasons with concussion issues while Harding was diagnosed with MS in the fall but came back to play for the Wild. McQuaid had two surgeries in September, one to get rid of blood clots and the other to remove a rib and some muscle on the right side of his neck.
Goalie coach Kirk McLean is no longer with the Colorado Avalanche, joining former head coach Joe Sacco on the unemployment line. It's not clear if he was fired or quit, though. McLean was hired as a goaltending consultant with the Avs in 2010 ... The Connecticut Whale of the AHL will be reverting to its previous team name, the Hartford Wolf Pack. The team was re-branded as the Whale during the 2010-11 season after being the Wolf Pack from 1997-10 ... Florida Panthers rookie forward Jonathan Huberdeau had surgery on his hip Tuesday, according to the team. The Panthers expect the 19-year-old to be ready for training camp.