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Calgary Flames hire Glen Gulutzan as head coach

The Calgary Flames named Glen Gulutzan as their new coach on Friday.

Gulutzan, 44, comes over from rival Vancouver, where he was an assistant coach with the Canucks.

The move announced Friday is a homecoming of sorts for Gulutzan, who was coach and general manager of Calgary's ECHL affiliate in Las Vegas from 2003 to 2009. He posted a 254-124-55 record during his time with the Thunder and was named the league's coach of the year in 2006.

"I know there's some history between Vancouver and Calgary, but I'm used to this flaming 'C,'" Gulutzan said at a news conference. "This is where I started to cut my teeth in the NHL and it's a special honor to be the head coach."

Gulutzan also was the head coach with the Dallas Stars for two seasons, compiling a 64-57-9 mark while missing the playoffs in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

He will succeed Bob Hartley, who was fired May 3 after failing to make the playoffs in three of his four seasons with the Flames.

Gulutzan will try to recapture that success with a team led by young forwards Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan and blue-chip defensemen T.J. Brodie and Mark Giordano.

"Part of Glen's experience (in Vancouver) was working with the young players there, and we've seen some of the advances young players have had there," Flames general manager Brad Treliving said. "I think that's a real asset to Glen as we talk about young players, but I don't separate it by age. I think he can connect with all types of players."

Gulutzan played in the Western Hockey League, spent six seasons with Fresno in the WCHL and played a year in Finland.

ESPN Staff Writer Pierre LeBrun and The Associated Press contributed to this report.