Glen Gulutzan

Ex-Stars coach Gulutzan ‘had a pretty good idea’ he was getting fired

Glen Gulutzan saw the writing on the wall.

The former Dallas Stars coach — fired on Tuesday after two seasons at the helm — figured his time in Texas was up after the general manager that hired him, Joe Nieuwendyk, was replaced by Jim Nill.

“It’s one of those things where you don’t want to prepare for it,” Gulutzan told the Saskatoon Star Phoenix. “Certainly with the change of Joe Nieuwendyk, who was the guy that hired me and Jim Nill coming in, I had a pretty good idea that there was going to be changes.

“When a new GM comes in he wants to bring in his own people.”

If you’re wondering why Gulutzan was talking to a newspaper in Saskatchewan, well, it’s because he’s found a new gig already.

The 41-year-old has signed on as a guest coach with WHL Saskatoon, who will be hosting the 2013 Memorial Cup (which begins today).

Gulutzan played for the Blades in the early 90s — he was teammates with longtime Dallas Star Richard Matvichuk, oddly enough — and his coach at the time, Lorne Molleken, is still behind the Blades’ bench.

“Right away when I walked in here, I heard somebody yelling my name,” Gulutzan explained. “I haven’t been in this building since 1993.

“It brought back some real good memories.”

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    Leafs add another veteran forward, get Fehr from Pittsburgh

    PITTSBURGH, OH - FEBRUARY 25:  Eric Fehr #16 of the Pittsburgh Penguins warms up prior to the start of the game against the Philadelphia Flyers at Heinz Field on February 25, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)
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    Toronto wanted to “reward” its young players by bringing in a veteran presence like Brian Boyle ahead of today’s deadline.

    And now they’re getting rewarded again.

    Eric Fehr, waived by the Penguins earlier this week, has been acquired by the Leafs along with d-man Steve Oleksy, per TSN. Pittsburgh receives d-man Frank Corrado, and a fourth-round pick at this year’s draft.

    Fehr, 31, is in the second of a three-year, $6 million deal with a $2M cap hit. He’s appeared in 52 games this season, scoring six goals and 11 points while averaging just under 11 minutes a night.

    He was also a regular in last year’s Stanley Cup run, scoring three times in 23 games.

    Though his role decreased, Fehr was still frequently used by head coach Mike Sullivan — albeit in a more limited capacity. He is a good PK contributor, and can play both center and wing.

    PHT’s 2017 Trade Deadline Tracker

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    Here’s the full list of deals made prior to the Wednesday, March 1 3 p.m. EST trade deadline..

    Mar. 1

    To Nashville: F P.A. Parenteau
    To New Jersey: 6th-round draft pick (link)

    To Tampa Bay: D Mark Streit
    To Philadelphia: F Valtteri Filppula, ’17 4th-round pick, ’17 conditional 7th-round pick (link)

    To Montreal: F Andreas Martinsen
    To Colorado: F Sven Andrighetto (link)

    To Columbus: D Kyle Quincey
    To New Jersey: D Dalton Prout (link)

    To New York Rangers: F Taylor Beck
    To Edmonton Oilers: F Justin Fontaine (link)

    To Tampa Bay: G Mike McKenna
    To Florida: G Adam Wilcox (link)

    To Los Angeles: F Jarome Iginla
    To Colorado: ’18 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

    To Montreal: F Dwight King
    To Los Angeles: ’18 4th-round pick (link)

    To Florida: F Thomas Vanek
    To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick, D Dylan McIlrath (link)

    To Colorado: G Joe Cannata
    To Washington: D Cody Corbett (link)

    To Colorado: F Brendan Ranford
    To Arizona: F Joe Whitney (link)

    Feb. 28

    To Montreal: F Steve Ott
    To Detroit: ’18 6th-round pick (link)

    To San Jose: F Jannik Hansen
    To Vancouver: F Nikolay Goldobin, ’17 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

    To Edmonton: F David Desharnais
    To Montreal: D Brandon Davidson (link)

    To Chicago: D Johnny Oduya
    To Dallas: F Mark McNeill, ’18 conditional 4th-round pick (link)

    To New York Rangers: F Daniel Catenacci
    To Buffalo: D Mat Bodie (link)

    To Ottawa: F Viktor Stalberg
    To Carolina: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

    To New York Rangers: D Brendan Smith
    To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick (link)

    Feb. 27

    To Washington: D Kevin Shattenkirk, G Pheonix Copley
    To St. Louis: F Zach Sanford, F Brad Malone, ’17 1st-round pick, ’19 conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

    To Ottawa: F Alex Burrows
    To Vancouver: F Jonathan Dahlen (link)

    To Montreal: D Jordie Benn
    To Dallas: D Greg Pateryn, ’17 4th-round pick (link)

    To Toronto: F Brian Boyle
    To Tampa Bay: F Byron Froese, ’17 2nd-round pick (link)

    To Arizona: F Teemu Pulkkinen
    To Minnesota: Future considerations (link)

    Feb. 26

    To Minnesota: F Martin Hanzal, F Ryan White, ’17 4th-round pick
    To Arizona: ’17 1st-round pick, ’18 2nd-round pick, ’19 conditional 4th-round pick, F Grayson Downing (link)

    To Los Angeles: G Ben Bishop, ’17 5th-round pick
    To Tampa Bay: G Peter Budaj, D Erik Cernak, ’17 7th-round pick, ’17 conditional pick (link)

    Feb. 24

    To Anaheim: F Patrick Eaves
    To Dallas: ’17 conditional 2nd-round pick (link)

    To Chicago: F Tomas Jurco
    To Detroit: ’17 3rd-round pick (link)

    Feb. 23

    To Pittsburgh: D Ron Hainsey
    To Carolina: F Danny Kristo, ’17 2nd-round pick (link)

    Feb. 20

    To Calgary: D Michael Stone
    To Arizona: ’18 3rd-round pick, ’18 conditional 5th-round pick (link)

    Feb. 18

    To Toronto: F Sergey Kalinin
    To New Jersey: D Viktor Loov (link)

    Feb. 15

    To Washington: D Tom Gilbert
    To Los Angeles: ’17 conditional 5th-round pick (link)

    Feb. 4

    To Nashville: F Vernon Fiddler
    To New Jersey: ’17 4th-round pick (link)

    Preds add some scoring, get Parenteau from Devils

    NEWARK, NJ - NOVEMBER 12:  PA Parenteau #11 of the New Jersey Devils in action against the Buffalo Sabres at the Prudential Center on November 12, 2016 in Newark, New Jersey. The Devils defeated the Sabres 4-2.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    New Jersey and Nashville got together on a trade for the second time this month, with the Preds acquiring veteran winger P.A. Parenteau in exchange for a sixth-round pick, per TSN.

    Earlier, the Devils sent veteran center Vernon Fiddler to the Preds for a fourth-rounder.

    Parenteau, 33, joined the Devils after getting scooped off waivers from the Isles at the start of the campaign. He’s produced well, with 14 goals and 33 points in 55 games, but there have been ups and downs in New Jersey, including a healthy scratch in mid-December.

    Parenteau carries a modest $1.3 million cap hit, so it’s a minimal financial commitment for the Preds. He’s also got a bit of playoff experience — 15 games, split between Montreal and Colorado — which will help a Nashville club currently sitting third in the Central Division.

    Lightning keep dealing, send Filppula to Flyers for Mark Streit

    TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 18:  Valtteri Filppula #51 of the Tampa Bay Lightning backhands a shot against Florida Panthers during the overtime period at the Amalie Arena on October 18, 2016 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)
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    With the Tampa Bay Lightning mired in a disappointing season, general manager Steve Yzerman has spent the past couple of days selling off his upcoming free agents, including Ben Bishop to Los Angeles and Brian Boyle to Toronto.

    On Wednesday, he managed to clear a significant amount of salary cap space for next season.

    That is when the Lightning sent forward Valtteri Filppula, a 2017 fourth-round pick, and a conditional 2017 seventh-round pick, to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Mark Streit.

    Both players had no-trade clauses in their contracts and had to OK the deal. It came after it was reported that Filppula had rejected a trade to Toronto. Streit is an unrestricted free agent after this season. The Flyers are also picking up 10 percent of Streit’s remaining contract for this season.

    The key to this deal for Tampa Bay should seem pretty obvious: Clearing salary cap space in the future.

    He is having a nice enough season for the Lightning offensively with 34 points in 59 games, but he still carries a $5 million salary cap hit for next season. That presented a significant problem for a Lightning team that has a ton of key players in need of new contracts — including restricted free agents Tyler Johnson, Ondrej Palat and Jonathan Drouin — and not a lot of cap space to take care of them all. The Lightning needed to find a way to shed some salary to ensure they can keep them.

    With Streit’s contract expiring after this season, the Lightning just opened up $5 million in cap space for next season and all Yzerman had to do was give up a couple of late round draft picks to do it.

    The Flyers, meanwhile, have spent their deadline day adding a lot of salary to next year’s cap. Along with picking up Filppula’s deal, they also re-signed forward Piere-Edouard Bellemare and goalie Michal Neuvirth to two-year contract extensions.