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Gulutzan chosen as Dallas Stars head coach

Glen Gulutzan has coached teams to the playoffs in the ECHL and AHL. The Dallas Stars hope that kind of success follows him to the NHL.

The Stars on Friday named Gulutzan, 39, their new coach, signing him to a two-year deal. He replaces Marc Crawford, who was fired after the Stars missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs in both of his seasons.

"I am very excited to hire Glen Gulutzan as head coach of the Dallas Stars," said Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk. "Glen is a young, exciting coach who we believe has a bright and long future in the National Hockey League. We were pleased with the leadership he brought our young players at the American League level and strongly believe his coaching strengths will transfer to the NHL. We feel he will bring energy and a winning attitude to our club. I look forward to working with him as we plan for the future of the Dallas Stars."

Gulutzan spent the last two seasons coaching the Texas Stars, Dallas' American Hockey League affiliate. He guided the T-Stars to the Calder Cup Finals in 2010 and got them back to the AHL playoffs this past season. He posted an 87-56-17 mark in his two AHL seasons.

Prior to working in the AHL, he was GM and coach of the ECHL's Las Vegas Wranglers from 2003-09. The team had three straight 100-point seasons (2005-08), a first for any team in the history of the league. The Wranglers reached the Kelly Cup Finals in 2008 and the league conference finals in 2009.

"I am thrilled to be the head coach of the Dallas Stars," said Gulutzan. "Having worked with the organization over the last two seasons, I am very familiar with our personnel and that will be a big advantage for me. We are a young team with a strong nucleus and I'm very excited about what we can accomplish. I look forward to working with Joe Nieuwendyk and his entire staff to build a hockey club that will win and compete for Stanley Cups."

Gulutzan's hiring leaves two NHL jobs remaining open -- Minnesota and New Jersey.

Contact Adam Kimelman at akimelman@nhl.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NHLAdamK