Former Kings coach Marc Crawford takes over in Dallas
Former Kings coach Marc Crawford finally landed another gig behind the bench today, taking over as the coach of the Dallas Stars. He replaces former Kings assistant coach Dave Tippett who was fired after the Stars failed to make the postseason after advancing to the Western Conference finals in 2007-08.
Crawford, 48, will try to repair his reputation as a top-level NHL coach following two dismal years with the Kings from 2006-08. While he didn't have the best team to work with, his unforgiving attitude toward the Kings' younger players ended up being a big factor in his firing.
He'll have a more experienced team to work with in Dallas and, hopefully, things have stabilized in the Lone Star State following the commotion kicked up by Sean Avery's tumultuous exit (Brett Hull is still around, though). Tippett, perhaps unfairly, became one of the victims of that whole mess and it'll be interesting to see how Crawford will mesh with the team.
-- Austin Knoblauch
Photo: Marc Crawford talks to Kings players during a game on Feb. 22, 2007. Credit: Mark Avery / Associated Press