Head coach Glen Gulutzan isn't the only prominent figure in perceived danger of losing his job with the Dallas Stars. There's talk that general manager Joe Nieuwendyk may be on the hot seat as well. Outlining the moves -- both positive and negative -- that Nieuwendyk has orchestrated during his tenure as general manager, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News suggests decisions made in the coaching department may be the most glaring.
"...the place where Nieuwendyk might feel the most heat is in hiring coaches. He fired Dave Tippett when he took over the Stars, and Tippett went on to be named Coach of the Year and take Phoenix to the 2012 Western Conference finals. Nieuwendyk hired Marc Crawford to a three-year deal but fired him after two. When looking for Crawford's replacement, Nieuwendyk passed on Ken Hitchcock, who went on to be named Coach of the Year with St. Louis ..."
Nieuwendyk has one year remaining on his current contract. Ahead of the Saturday's season finale, Stars owner Tom Gaglardi wouldn't offer any hints as to potential changes in store for his club.
"When you miss by just a few points, you're going to look at a lot of areas and say, 'If we just could have gotten those points,'" Gaglardi said. "But the bottom line is we weren't a good enough team, and we didn’t do enough. So now we all need to get together and figure out what went wrong and address it."