Stars Fire Coach Marc Crawford For ... Underachieving?

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​Not that we care too much, considering the Mavericks are on the verge of the playoffs and the Rangers are in panic mode, b

ut I'm not exactly sure why the Dallas Stars fired head coach Marc Crawford yesterday.

Did the Stars underachieve in 2010-11? They amassed 95 points and were in playoff contention until the final minute of the final game. Would GM Joe Nieuwendyk have retained Crawford had Dallas beaten the lowly Minnesota Wild on Sunday and sneaked into the playoffs?

"This decision didn't come today," Nieuwendyk said at a Tuesday press conference. "I have a responsibility -- even though I am proud of what we've accomplished and I am proud of our players of the way they hung together -- I have to make a decision on how we get to the next level. We do have a lot of good things in place. I think that is probably the hard thing for Marc, is that he realizes that I don't have the confidence that he is the guy, for me, to get to the next level."

I was wrong about one thing ...

The next time we cared about the Stars isn't when they have a new owner, but more so a new head coach.

Crawford, who had one year left on his contract, was 79-60-25 in his two seasons with the Stars. Nieuwendyk says there is no timetable for hiring a new coach. For the record, Crawford was his first hire when Nieuwendyk took over as GM two years ago.

Tim Cowlishaw says bring back Ken Hitchcock. (Of course three months ago he said Crawford had the Stars on the right track.)

Hitch sounds good to me.

Any other bright ideas?


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16 comments
cactusflinthead
cactusflinthead

I am glad to see him go. I wasn't on board with his hiring at the beginning but I figured what the hell they are liable to suck anyway. I don't think it matters who they hire. 23rd in the league in terms of payroll is not going to get you very far. None of this matters until there is new ownership in place with some cash to spend. I have resigned myself to that fact. Even if they do manage to get sold and the new owners are all fired up to do something next year I would recommend caution rather than euphoria. Let Richards go and build through the draft and smaller deals. Breaking the bank for one player is rarely a good plan.

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

And now, an important question from Mike Snyder:

"Where...is...Nieuwy?"

kergo
kergo

Dear SG, Very funny! I always pass an ESPN in eastern Arkansas when I'm traveling, and I think, what kind of person is manning the mic in that place? It's basically a hut, and I always just giggle when I pass by it. Or late night in the Rockies you'll pick up all these ancillary stations from Des Moines or Billings, and they are talking about the same crap as Choppy and Shah........"folks tell us your favorite sports moment" or "who likes the Cowboys"-utter give up? Poor, poor Gilbert!

Rooster
Rooster

I know. I was wondering how many segments they were going to keep discussing it and saying the same thing...over...and over...and over...and over...again. I actually had to tune over for awhile to the "icepick to the forehead" the Hardline has become.

I thought the funny part was when Greggo said it bothered him people were going to say its caused by Hamilton's body breaking down due to years of substance abuse.....and then RW said....get this...."people saying that are just stupid."

Well, you know, like here?:

http://blogs.dallasobserver.co...

"Raises a red flag about weakened immune deficiency via years of substance abuse"

Seriously. Is there anyone here that still believes Captain "Create Some False Controversy" actully believes the things he writes here?

Chris Danger
Chris Danger

While id like to see Hitch back on our side of the rink, I wouldn't be so sure he would want to come back due to the current mgmt. situation, not to mention we're probably going to lose brad richards during trade season, this is all due to the simple fact the stars need a solid ownership group first to come in and buy the team, one with deep pockets who want to build a contender for next season and the seasons to come..

kergo
kergo

Who even expected the Stars to be as good they were? I would have kept him for one more year, although when they lose Richards, they may be considerably worse next year. They ain't no Bruins, that's for sure-but they showed fight. Can't wait for Bruisers vs Habs.......damn Canadians! Best Habs of All Time:

Shutt, the Flower, Mahovalich, Dryen, Larry Rob, and all the guys from the fifties.

Greatest Hockey Players of All Time:Bobby Orr-that's it!

Rooster
Rooster

Given the salary restrictions on this team (23rd? in payroll out of 30 teams) I'm shocked Crawford was able to do as well as he did. I guess someone has to be the scapegoat.

It doesn't matter who coaches at the moment. Given we're about to lose Richards to free agency, and won't have the money to get anything close to him, the Stars might as well have Robert Wilonsky coach next year.

The result will be the same - a non-contending team.

This team is going to be bad for a very, very long time.

TheRealDirtyP1
TheRealDirtyP1

meh. Old news, so old Wilonsky broke it yesterday. Here's a bright idea, give Wilonsky your login to cut and paste stuff. I know RAGE takes a lot of your time up, there's nothing more interesting than talking Josh Hamilton for 2 hours. Your competition, the #1 team, covered it in one segment.

Corby's Backpack Fullaweed
Corby's Backpack Fullaweed

"Mavericks are on the verge of typical early playoff exit"Fixed it for ya.

Enter stupid hockey comments of Judge Softy in 3,2,1...

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

The new morning show continued that this morning. The whole "Rules for Josh Hamilton, let us know what you think!" thing was being amateurly milked.

While it's better than the lazy, untalented "let's talk about the Cowboys!" approach that certain evening drive shows take, I did appreciate getting back to civilization with the Musers coming off commercial break.

Upside is I haven't had to bother with Mike & Mike this week.

Rooster
Rooster

Meant the above as a reply to TheRealDirtyP1's post.

kergo
kergo

Sure, Hitch is a winner, but boy howdy that brand of hockey is like watching paint dry.......ya'll should try some eastern style hockey. It's good! Watching the Hitch teams bottle crap (except in 99) up in the middle was PAINFUL to watch. The opponents just gave up; it was even boring for them.

Greggo's coke riddled sinuses
Greggo's coke riddled sinuses

I thought this blog was RAGE show prep? Richie just vomits this stuff word for word on the radio and uses timeless classics like Sybil's stuff and Air Armin to fill any leftover segments. How is RAGE not number 1 in afternoon drive?

Judge_Softy
Judge_Softy

No point in resurrecting our unresolvable argument. I felt the team should be held accountable for their performance, you felt I should take the blame. We'll just agree to disagree.

kergo
kergo

The Shah of Iran and "I love me some me" Choppy is freakin' HORRIBLE....worse than the Choppy and Greggo experiment on 103.3. An analogy:

The Musers are Babe RuthShah and Choppy are Mario Mendoza

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Jasmine's been the most solid of the bunch. New dude is a Greggggggg starter kit and Choppy is, well, Choppy.

It sounds like it'd do well in Amarillo. That's not a compliment.

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