Stars coach Marc Crawford was actually in pretty good shape when I caught up with him tonight. He was depressed, obviously, but he said that he was happy to get an opportunity to coach in Dallas and that he felt his time here made him a better coach. Here are a few highlights: On Joe Nieuwendyk's decision to end his contract after just two seasons: ``Joe is one of the smartest young GMs in the National Hockey League, and I have immense respect for his decisions, so I have to respect this decisions, as well,’’ Crawford said. ``The relationship between a coach and a GM is one of the most important in sports, and I understand that Joe has to be 100 percent behind his coach. I’m disappointed, obviously, but I know that he’s only doing what he feels is best for the team.’’ Crawford said he had a difficult time looking back at ``coulda’s and shoulda’s,’’ but he said that he does wonder what would have happened had the Stars beaten Minnesota in the final game of the season and advanced to the playoffs. ``I just know we would be playing right now and that anything would have been possible,’’ Crawford said. ``That is a tough one to take, and something I will think about quite a bit in the future.’’ When asked if he had any regrets, he said he felt good about his work with the Stars: ``I do think I am a better coach than when I took the job,’’ Crawford said. ``I think you are always learning, that I had learned from my previous job, and that I better understand what it takes to do the job. I’m honestly very proud of where this team is and the feeling that I’m leaving it a better team than when I got here. I think this is going to be a great team in the future, and I’m both excited about that possibility and a little melancholy that I won’t be coaching them.’’ When asked if he thinks he will coach again, he said: ``I love coaching, I really do. I understand that days like this are part of the business, and they don't get any easier. But if I can say that I love this job on a day like this, then I know that it's a great job.''