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04/16/2013

The local coach coaching for his life

546086When the Dallas Stars hired Glen Gulutzan as their head coach they handed him a two-year contract, mostly because at the time that was all the bank would allow. 

That contract is set to expire shortly, and if the Dallas Stars fail to make the playoffs expect Gulutzan not to be re-signed. He is coaching for his job right now, and given the remaining schedule things do not look great. 

Even after the Stars' loss in Chicago on Monday night against the Blackhawks, the team still has a shot. They have 45 points, two behind Detroit for the final spot in the Western Conference.

Here is a look at their final six opponents, five of which would be in the playoffs if the postseason began today.

4/18 v. Vancouver (24-12-6)
4/19 at St. Louis (23-16-2)
4/21 at LA Kings (24-14-4)
4/23 at San Jose (22-13-7)
4/25 v. Columbus (20-16-7)
4/27 v. Detroit (20-15-7)

This scenario should be of no surprise. The moves this team has made over the past few years has put them in a position to be close to eighth place, which is what happens:

T417iosb46nfzdzq2012: 6 points away from 8th
2011: 2 points away from 8th
2010: 7 points away from 8th
2009: 8 points away from 8th 

Expect the Stars to just barely miss the postseason, and for the team to look for a new coach again. The man doing the hiring, Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk, will be in charge of finding his replacement. Assuming GM Joe stays, this would be his third head coaching hire in five years.

At some point, you would think some of this would fall on his plate.

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