The Dallas Stars fired coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday, an expected move by new general manager Jim Nill for a franchise that has missed the playoffs a record five straight seasons. Gulutzan’s dismissal came about two weeks after Nill replaced Joe Nieuwendyk, who was fired after four seasons. Gulutzan had the Stars in playoff contention both seasons, but Dallas faltered down the stretch each time. The Stars were 64-57-9 under Gulutzan, including 22-22-4 this season. The Stars plucked Gulutzan from their top affiliate, the Texas Stars of the AHL, after he had spent eight years as a head coach in the minor leagues. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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