The Dallas Stars on Tuesday fired coach Glen Gulutzan and assistant coach Paul Jerrard.

The Stars missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in both of Gulutzan’s seasons behind the bench. This season the Stars went into the final week of the season with a chance for a playoff spot, but finished 11th in the Western Conference, seven points behind the eighth-place Minnesota Wild.

Gulutzan went 64-57-9 in two seasons.

This marks the first major move since Jim Nill was hired as general manager on April 29.

“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 press release on the Stars’ website. “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.”

The Stars have opted to retain assistant coach Curt Fraser and goaltending coach Mike Valley.


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