It has been predicted for nearly a week, but yesterday the news was finally made official; Glen Gulutzan is the new head coach of your Dallas Stars. Here are a few quotable moments:
“I am very excited to hire Glen Gulutzan as head coach of the Dallas Stars,” Nieuwendyk said. “Glen is a young, exciting coach who we believe has a bright and long future in the National Hockey League. We were pleased with the leadership he brought our young players at the American League level and strongly believe his coaching strengths will transfer to the NHL. We feel he will bring energy and a winning attitude to our club. I look forward to working with him as we plan for the future of the Dallas Stars.”
“I am thrilled to be the head coach of the Dallas Stars,” said Gulutzan. “Having worked with the organization over the last two seasons, I am very familiar with our personnel and that will be a big advantage for me. We are a young team with a strong nucleus and I’m very excited about what we can accomplish. I look forward to working with Joe Nieuwendyk and his entire staff to build a hockey club that will win and compete for Stanley Cups.”
His numbers are pretty stellar as far as consistency goes, to be honest. And even with the market for coaches without jobs being pretty robust, I don’t think any of them would have been a better choice than Coach Gulutzan. After leading a brand new AHL franchise to the playoffs (and nearly winning the championship on the first year as a team) it was hard to ignore what he was doing with both youth and veterans down on the Texas Stars farm team. With a new “era” coming about – or at least being advertised as such – a coach that is brand new to the NHL seems somewhat fitting.
The question will always rise: “Can he manage the big egos of the big leagues?”
Crawford took an entire season to get Ribeiro where he needed to be, we’ll see if the rookie head coach can get the big contract players under wraps, on the ice and motivated.