A Season of NHL Decisions in Hindsight: Dave Tippett Firing

May 2nd, 2010 by Kyle W. Brown Leave a reply »
At the end of last season, Dallas Stars fans had little to look forward to.

The team missed the post-season for the first time in seven years, and injury troubles had kept most of the players out. The Sean Avery experiment had gone poorly, with him eventually being suspended for the season, and then waived to go play in Manhattan.

It was time for a change, as many fans were concerned about the future of long-time Stars' leaders such as Mike Modano, Sergei Zubov and Marty Turco. Not knowing how much longer these key franchise elements would remain in Dallas, and therefore how long it would be before they would not have a chance at winning a Stanley Cup in a Stars' uniform, fans were thirsty for success.

The 2009-10 season began with a bang when the team fired co-General Managers Brett Hull and Les Jackson, who were replaced by former Stars' player Joe Nieuwendyk.

His first order of business was to fire long-time head coach Dave Tippett, just a week after he signed a new contract, and to replace him with an experienced Marc Crawford.

Now, it is only suiting that Tippett was hired as head coach at the end of the previous year Dallas mi ...

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