Stars expect to name Glen Gulutzan head coach this week

The Dallas Stars are expected to announce Texas Stars coach Glen Gulutzan as the team’s new head coach by the end of the week, according to sources. A contract with Gulutzan is still in the process of being finalized.

The 39-year-old will take over for Marc Crawford, who was fired by GM Joe Nieuwendyk at the end of this past season after two years behind the Dallas bench.

Gulutzan has been the head coach of the Texas Stars the past two seasons, posting an 87-56-7-10 (.597) record and a 16-14 mark in the playoffs.

In the team’s inaugural season in 2009-10, the Stars advanced to the Calder Cup Finals. They made it to the playoffs this past season as well.

He was the head coach of the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL for six seasons, compiling a 254-124-55 (.650) record. The Wranglers put together three straight 100+ point seasons, becoming the first ECHL team to ever accomplish that mark.

He led Las Vegas to the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Finals in 2008 and the Conference Finals in 2009. He was named ECHL Coach of the Year in 2005-06.

Gulutzan was one of four candidates to interview for the Dallas job. Montreal assistant Kirk Muller, Nashville assistant Peter Horachek and former Dallas, Philadelphia and Columbus head coach Ken Hitchcock were the others.