Stars fire coach Crawford


Marc Crawford is the latest name added to the list of fired NHL coaches. Crawford, who had the Dallas Stars in play-off contention until the final regular season, was in his second year coaching the Stars. Even though Dallas had the most points in NHL history of a non play-off team, GM, Joe Nieuwendyk, was still convinced that a coaching change was needed.”We have a lot of good things in place,” said Nieuwendyk, whose team finished with 95 points. “The hardest thing for Marc to probably accept is that I don’t feel he’s the guy going forward, that takes us to the next level.” This will be a long summer for Dallas who needed to win their final regular season game against the Minnesota Wild to qualify for that eighth and final play-off spot. Things looked promising when they took an early 2-1 lead, but things quickly fell apart as they lost 5-3. Apparently Nieuwendyk wasn’t thrilled at the way Crawford overplayed his star players when a rash of injuries hit the team. There are a lot of promising young players on Dallas who now haven’t made post season in three straight years. Since the regular season ended last Sunday five coaches have now, either been fired, or in the case of New Jersey bench boss, Jacques Lemaire, retired. Besides Crawford the other three coaches who were fired were Ottawa Senators’ , Cory Clouston, along with Florida Panthers’ Peter De Boer, and Minnesota Wild’s old bench boss, Todd Richards. Overall Crawford ,who has also coached the Colorado Avalanche, Vancouver Canucks and Los Angeles Kings, has put together an impressive record of 549-421-103 with 78 overtime losses over a 15 year span. His greatest highlight came in 1996 when he led the Avalanche to a Stanley Cup victory.


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