Word is starting to circulate that the Dallas Stars have let assistant coach Charlie Huddy go today. Word first came out across twitter via TSN’s Darren Dreger and has since started to spread. Huddy was of course part of the Crawford coaching team, and was hired on by the Stars in 2009. Huddy was an assistant with the Edmonton Oilers before that from 2000-2009, and had a 17-year NHL career before entering the coaching realm by starting out in the AHL in 1996.
Huddy was brought in to coach the defense and when he first came to Dallas most approved of the hire. But since then we have seen how the defense has been here the last couple of seasons. Now to be fair he had Matt Niskanen, Jeff Woywitka, and some other less then stellar blueliners to work with. But the move makes sense to me right now. The team is under a new head coach, is making some changes, and the defense is area that we all know needs help. The only set members of the defense for next year are the acquired Alex Goligoski, Robidas, Grossman, and Fistric. So now new head coach Glen Gulutzan and GM Joe will not only be looking to change up the defense and play of the team, now they will be looking to add a new assistant coach to help them with the changes. \
Word is that other assistant coaches Stu Barnes and Willie Desjardins will be retained into the new coaching team, and goalie coach Mike Valley will be staying with the team as well. Looks like the Stars have more then just draft picks on their minds on draft day.