The Calgary Flames fired head coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday after two seasons.
Gulutzan, 46, guided the Flames to the playoffs after his first season in 2016-17, though the Flames were swept in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks. The Flames missed the playoffs this past season with a 37-35-10 record. The team especially faltered down the stretch, losing 17 of its last 24 games.
Several key Flames dealt with injuries during the season, including goalie Mike Smith, defenseman TJ Brodie and forwards Sean Monahan and Matthew Tkachuk. Meanwhile, the free-agency signing of 45-year-old winger Jaromir Jagr was a bust; Jagr played only 22 games before he was put on waivers in late January.
Calgary also fired assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard on Tuesday.
As was expected, the Calgary Flames fired coach Glen Gulutzan on Tuesday after two seasons. The team was a massive disappointment: a lifeless offensive group, including an atrocious power play, propped up by goalie Mike Smith like he was doing a community theater version of "Weekend At Bernie's." So where do they go now? GM Brad Treliving has a relationship with highly regarded Dave Tippett going back to their Coyotes days. He selected Carolina Hurricanes coach Bill Peters, who is under contract but apparently allowed to shop his services, as head coach for the 2016 world championships. AHL coach Ryan Huska will be in the mix; will former NY Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault as well? And what about Albertan farmer (and former Flames coach) Darryl Sutter? The Flames won't suffer for options.
Gulutzan had previously been head coach of the Dallas Stars from 2011 to 2013.
This is the third head-coaching vacancy in the NHL; the New York Rangers fired Alain Vigneault after the season, and Stars coach Ken Hitchcock retired.