Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Quotable: Glen Gulutzan
By Mark Stepneski
Dallas Stars head coach Glen Gulutzan was on NHL Home Ice this week to help preview the team's upcoming season.
Here are a couple of quotes from his interview, which you can listen to in its entirety here. It’s about 19:30 into the segment.
On making up for the loss of Brad Richards to free agency and if the Stars will now be a score by committee team
“That was the thing we were going to key on going into free agency when we knew we weren’t going to get Brad. There was no player in free agency that was going to replace him. If there was everybody would be going after him. Joe [Nieuwendyk] did a real good job of trying to make us deeper and that score by committee mentality, and that’s what we are going to have to bring in. When I’ve talked to the players they all feel Brad was a big loss and hard to replace, but they also feel there is a different way you can win games. And that’s the general feeling that these guys have. In the organization, at least I feel, we have enough talent to have two real good power plays and now if we get some depth in our third and fourth lines we can become a little tougher to play against. That’s what we are looking at this season.”
On the style, system the team will play
“If you looked at we talked about previously with having to play a better solid team game, we’re going to have to play an in-your-face forecheck style. If you look at the teams that don’t have a ton of talent on their roster - Nashville would be one team that jumps to mind quite quickly – they play an in-your-face, pacey game. They use four lines and they come at you. Obviously, they are anchored by a great goalie and two good defensemen, but we feel we have those same attributes in our locker room now. That’s the way I coached when I was in the ECHL and the way I coached the Austin team in the AHL and it’s going to be the same way I coach this team here. We’re going to play both ends of the ice. We’re not going to get pigeonholed into an offensive or defensive club. We’re just going to play hard and make sure everyone has a role and makes a difference.”