First, check out the official release on the Dallas Stars website HERE.
And now to the highlights of this announcement. Jerrard has 10 years of experience, a ton of which happened in the AHL as he was part of the staff for the Hershey bears for quite a while until moving to the then Iowa Stars and then onto the new Texas Stars affiliate in Cedar Park. As a tag team, Jerrard and the new head coach Glen Gulutzan had quite a bit of success with a new franchise and an arguably shallow pool of talent to work with.
“We are very excited to name Paul Jerrard to our coaching staff,” said Nieuwendyk. “He has great history with our organization, as well as with Glen Gulutzan while they were both coaching at our AHL franchise in Cedar Park. Paul’s professionalism and work ethic will rub off on this organization and our players. He will help the Dallas Stars take the next step in getting back to the playoffs.”
I guess the question will now come up, as to whether Joe is going overboard with the “new era” ideology? At some point you have to hire some people who are proven and know what they are doing to supplement the youth on the staff, don’t you? A lot like an NHL line-up, it can largely be youth but you have to have some guys who have been in the league a while, and then other guys who have been in the league forever, to really have a line-up that can go all the way, for the most part.
I guess time will tell as to whether this gamble will pay off for Dallas in the end, I feel like unlike the announcement of Glen Gulutzan taking the head coaching spot (which got pretty good responses from fans) this may be met with a little more doubt. There is also the question of who the heck is going to coach the Texas Stars if Kurk Muller takes one of the many jobs he’s being offered as a head coach of the AHL or NHL. It seems like the minor league team could suffer quite a bit with their coaching staff being stripped, having to scrape the bottom of the barrel for coaches.
What do you guys think?