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Dallas fires GM Joe Nieuwendyk after missing playoffs for fourth straight year

Joe Nieuwendyk (photo by Resolute via wikipedia commons)

There had been speculation in Dallas for weeks that Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan was going to be fired at the end of the lockout-shortened 48-game NHL season.

Well, at least for now, Black Monday did not get the coach, but the GM instead.

On Sunday night, the Stars fired general manager Joe Nieuwendyk after four seasons, two coaches and no playoffs appearances.

The Stars ended the season with a 22-22-4 mark and out of the playoffs for the fifth straight year.

The 46-year-old Nieuwendyk is a former NHL center playing for Calgary, Dallas, New Jersey, Toronto and Florida from 1987-2007.

For now, Dallas has an option on Coach Gulutzan for a third season.



Crawford fired by Dallas for missing playoffs

The Dallas Stars under head coach Marc Crawford, earned 95 points, the most of any team that did not make the playoffs. A good team but with no playoffs, Crawford is out of a job.

According to NHL records, the 95 points equaled the effort of the 2006-2007 Colorado Avalanche for the most of any non-playoff team.

Marc Crawford at 2006 NHL Awards in Vancouver (photo by Arnold C & Buchanan-Hermit via wikipedia commons)

Crawford took the Stars to the cusp of a playoff bid into the last few games of this season, but general manager Joe Nieuwendyk felt a change was needed because in two seasons at the helm and no playoffs was enough.

Nieuwendyk also felt that with Brad Richards, Jamie Benn, Loui Eriksson, Kari Lehtonen, Mike Ribeiro and Brenden Morrow, there was no reason not to make the playoffs. Rumors amongst the media out of Dallas all season, said that Nieuwendyk also did like the fact that Crawford played his best players on longer shifts which tired them out during the stretch run for the playoffs.


Mike Modano contemplating retirement or a 21st season in Dallas.

compiled by staff and wire reports

Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars has spent the recent hockey season wondering if he should keep playing or should he retire.

It’s been a week since he completed his 20th full NHL season, and with his contract with the Stars ending, Modano has said the he plans to take some time before deciding  his future. He is also part of a group seeking ownership of the Stars, who are being sold by Thomas  Hicks’ financially challenged Hicks Sports Group.

The Stars missed the playoffs for the second season in a row, the first time that has happened since relocating from Minnesota 17 years ago.

Last summer, Mike Modano needed only a month to decide to come back for a 20th season, but this time there is no guaranteed contract for him.

This time around, he doesn’t have a contract for next season and has not spoken with general manager and former teammate Joe Nieuwendyk about a new one.

Mike Modano (nhl)

The number 1 overall draft pick by the Minnesota North Stars in 1988, Modano was the last player remaining on the Stars from when the team moved south to Dallas.

In 1,459 career games, Modano has 557 points and 802 assists for 1,359 points, all team records. He had 14 goals and 16 assists this season.

But at his age, Mike Modano is not expected to be Dallas’ primary scorer anymore. Brad Richards was seventh in the NHL with 91 points, and players like Loui Eriksson and Mike Ribeiro are capable of scoring as well.

Marty Turco will not be re-signed by the Dallas Stars

compiled by the staff

Goaltender Marty Turco’s time in Dallas with the Stars is over. It’s hard to believe because he has been one of the players that has been the face of the franchise since he came into the league from the University of Michigan.

General manager Joe Nieuwendyk has said that the Stars will not re-sign Turco, a three-time All-Star who just completed his ninth season with the team.

Kari Lehtonen, acquired from Atlanta in February, will be the number goalie in the 2010-2011 season.

The 34-year-old Turco just completed a $22.8 million, four-year contract he signed in January 2006 that kept him from becoming a free agent at the end of  that season.

Turco holds the Stars franchise record with 509 games played as a goaltender, winning 262 games with a .911 save percentage and a 2.31 goals-against average. He had 40 shutouts.

Marty Turco (nhl)

In 2002-03, his first as the starting goalie, he set a modern NHL record with a 1.72 GAA, a mark that has since been broken.

Turco was 21-26 in the playoffs for the Stars, including four shutouts. Three of  those shutouts came in one series, in the first round of the 2007 playoffs against Vancouver when he had a .952 save percentage. The Stars were still knocked out in seven games.

In 53 games this season, Turco posted a 22-20-11 record. He had a .913 save percentage and a 2.72 GAA.