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Gulutzan removed as head coach by Calgary

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A former resident of The Pas is once again on the outside of the NHL ranks after being fired from his coaching position Tuesday afternoon.
Glen Gulutzan was released as head coach of the Calgary Flames after just two seasons with the team. Gulutzan’s Flames failed to make the playoffs this year after posting a record of 37-35-10, good for 84 points and 11th in the Western Conference. They finished 11 points out of the final playoff seed which went to a rejuvenated Colorado Avalanche squad after finishing the season on a 3-10-0 run.
Gulutzan’s departure came as a slight surprise despite missing the playoffs as he led the Flames to an unexpected playoff berth the previous season in his first year with the team, going 45-33-4. That year the Flames sputtered down the stretch however and were eventually swept in the playoffs in the first round by the Anaheim Ducks.
The Flames did make moves to bolster their team ahead of this season, trading for starting netminder Mike Smith, pulling off a massive draft day deal for blueliner Travis Hamonic and eventually bringing in future Hall of Famer Jaromir Jagr at the start of the season however the moves failed to ignite the Flames. Smith battled injuries while Jagr lasted just 22 games with the Flames before being released.
The Flames were the second team for Gulutzan as a head coach in the NHL. He had previously spent two seasons with the Dallas Stars from 2011-2013, including the lockout shortened 2012-2013 year. He failed to make the playoffs both years with the Stars.
Over two seasons with the Flames, Gulutzan compiled an 82-68-14 record. For his career thus far at the NHL level Gulutzan has amassed a 146-125-23 record between the Flames and Stars.
Gulutzan has also coached at the East Coast Hockey League and the American Hockey League, reaching the finals in both leagues once.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Gulutzan had a lengthy career in the pro ranks as a player, spending seven seasons in lower professional leagues, including one year in Finland and his final five years with the Fresno Falcons of the West Coast Hockey League, the last two of which were as a player-assistant coach which led to Gulutzan breaking into the coaching ranks.
In addition to Gulutzan, assistant coaches Dave Cameron and Paul Jerrard were also released by the Flames.

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Trent Allen
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