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Stars fire Gulutzan, Jerrard

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

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

"I would like to thank Glen Gulutzan and Paul Jerrard for the work they provided to the Dallas organization over the past four seasons," said Nill. "They are both quality coaches and men, but we have decided to go in a different direction with our coaching staff and we wish them well in their next endeavors."

Gulutzan, 41, led the team to a 42-35-5 record in 2011-12, and a 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 said the search is wide open to fill the coaching vacancy, indicating that previous NHL experience is not a requirement.

"As we've seen, there are some great young coaches come in and do great things with teams," he said. "We're going to look at every option available."

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

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