Why Glen Gulutzan Will Be the 1st Coach Fired During the 2012-13 NHL Season

October 22nd, 2012 by Steve Silverman Leave a reply »

The NHL lockout will end at some point this season.

The prediction here is that the NHL will play a compressed season like the NBA did a year ago or perhaps a shortened season similar to the one it played in the 1994-95 season.

But it will not be a hockey-less season as it was in 2004-05, despite all the rhetoric emerging from Gary Bettman's mouth.

A compressed season means that every game will count even more than usual. Owners will be just as demanding as ever and coaches will have less time to turn things around after a poor start. As a result, owners may pull off desperation firing moves after a poor start. That coach might have gotten more time in a full-length season, but excuses and a slow turnaround won't help this year.

That could mean quite a bit of trouble for Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan. This is not saying Gulutzan, 41, is a bad coach, but he might not be the right fit for the 2012-13 Stars.

Gulutzan was hired by Dallas after the 2010-11 season. They played reasonably well last season, compiling a 42-35-5 record, but fell six points behind the eventual Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings&nbs ...

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