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The Dallas Stars fired head coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday after two seasons.

Assistant coach Paul Jerrard has also been dismissed, Jim Nill announced less than a month after he replaced Joe Nieuwendyk as the Stars' general manager.

Gulutzan, 41, led the team to a 42-35-5 record in 2011-12, and 22-22-4 mark in the shortened 2013 campaign. He had replaced Marc Crawford in 2011, after coaching the Texas Stars for the previous two seasons.

Nill also announced that assistant coach Curt Fraser and goaltending coach Mike Valley will be kept by the club moving forward.

---Though the Washington Capitals were eliminated in a seven-game series to the New York Rangers, star Alex Ovechkin will continue playing. The Capitals announced that their captain will head to Finland to join his teammates on the Russian National team competing at the 2013 World Championships.

Ovechkin led the NHL with 32 goals during the regular season, but only scored one during the first-round loss to the Rangers.

---Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding and Boston Bruins defenseman Adam McQuaid have been announced as finalists for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, awarded to "the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."

The winner is selected from a poll of the 30 chapters of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, and a $2,500 grant is awarded to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund in the winner's name.
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