Here are some quotes from Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk on the hiring of Glen Gulutzan as the team's new head coach.
On the job Gulutzan did with the Texas Stars
“I think it is the overall package. Being able to follow our farm team as close as we have the last couple years and see the style of play that they have. No disrespect to the players that we have there, but we haven’t provided him with some of the high end talent that some of the American Hockey League teams have and he’s been able to manufacture a structure and style of play that has been ultra-competitive at the American Hockey League level. Look at what he did last year (2010 playoffs), taking Guy Boucher (Hamilton Bulldogs) to a Game 7 and winning in their building and getting to the Calder Cup Finals. It’s the organizational skills, it’s the ability to communicate, the bench demeanor. It’s the overall package that is going to translate into very positive things for our group here.”
On the trend towards hiring younger coaches out of the AHL instead of guys with NHL head coaching experience
“I think it is a trend. I think the success of Dan Bylsma (Pittsburgh) and Guy Boucher (Tampa Bay) in their first year out of the American Hockey League are examples of that. The league has gotten younger and I think maybe that is a factor. These coaches are young, innovative and have a good relationship with those young players. But I don’t want it to be a misconception that we have a young coach who happens to be with our young players. We have a young coach that we feel is going to be our leader. That’s where his strength lies. He young, but has a relationship with our guys. They’re certainly going to know who is in charge and they’ll play hard for him.”
On the Stars' assistant coaches and putting together Gulutzan's staff
“Now that we have Glen on board, the next step will be for him to reach out to those guys over the next several days leading up to the draft. We’ll all be at the draft together. That will be a good time to meet face-to-face. That process will kick in now where Glen will meet with all those guys."