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02-03-2013, 05:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Bank View Post
There's A the reality and B the ambitions. In reality it wouldn't be a shocker if Dallas didn't make the Playoffs. Their core players(Robidas and Goligoski mainly) on the blue end hasn't preformed for years. Same could be said for Brenden Morrow. The team relies heavily on Kari Lehtonen to bail them out night in night out.

They tried to shake things up this off season and switched Ott and Ribeiro for Roy and Eakin. A move that have payed of so far. Adding Jagr and Whitney would make you think they'd want to get to the playoff. But IMO that wouldn't be the hill Gulutzan dies on.

If he follow the signals given by the new owner and the GM and still failed he would be home safe. Him clearing not being on the same page with the GM is what gonna get canned. That just can't work. Question is if it will happen when his contract expires this summer or he will get the boot before that.

Dallas are at two places at once right now. At one point they would like to get back in the playoff. In the mind of Dallas fans the drought was caused by Tom Hicks and now they have to get back where they belong - The playoff! The GM and the management want's to grant them that wish. At the same time the management is going through a: "Getting younger and building from within." So they are trying to make a rebuild while getting into the playoff. So the coach got two ways to safe his job. A) Get into the playoff. B) Get some of the young players(Oleksiak, Reilly Smith, Brenden Dillon, Cody Eakin, Antonie Roussel, etc. etc.) smoothly into the team. Looks like he's going for plan A with a build in backdoor seeing as he is giving multiple young players debut and increased responsibility.

EDIT: Well maybe I wasn't being clear. He's not doing what the GM would do with the team. That's always a good way to get fired so right odds are someone else is coaching the Dallas Stars next year perhaps sooner.

EDIT v. 2.0: Another thing that might play in: Glen Gulutzan is the third coach while Joe Nieuwendyk has been GM. His head might roll with the coach.
Great post about the Dallas situation
I really confirms the feeling I had that something smelled strange in Dallas.
I thought that Jagr would give them a boost, but it only lasted very almost smells like a crisis now. They have to start winning fast of they want to have any chance of playoffs. So what Dallas needs right now is realism

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