Report: Stars are primed to fire Glen Gulutzan

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Please note that this hasn’t been confirmed, but RDS’ Renaud Lavoie reports that the Dallas Stars will part ways with head coach Glen Gulutzan.

On one hand, this shouldn’t be shocking. The Stars decided to replace GM Joe Nieuwendyk with Jim Nill, so the former Detroit Red Wings executive probably hopes to hire “his guy.”

Still, Gulutzan didn’t exactly get a big window of opportunity to work things out.

While fellow fired coach Joe Sacco received four seasons to find a winning formula before being sacked in Colorado, Gulutzan received just two seasons – including this abbreviated one – to ply his trade. He didn’t make it to the postseason in either campaign, but few believed that the Stars were legitimate contenders in 2011-12 or 2013.

Some would say they overachieved each year under the 41-year-old coach.

Regardless of whether it seems fair or not, the bottom line is that the Stars didn’t make the playoffs and the franchise is opting to bring in new blood (assuming this report is accurate). The Dallas Morning News’ Mike Heika named a few potential replacements for Gulutzan earlier this week, if you want to ponder possible options.

Update: TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that a decision won’t be made until he meets up with Nill. Perhaps he still has a chance, then?