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April 9, 2012 | 9:54am ET
Nieuwendyk, Gulutzan likely to return next season
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According to the Dallas News, Stars owner Tom Gaglardi has revealed that GM Joe Nieuwendyk and coach Glen Gulutzan are both expected to be back next season.

"There is absolutely no chance that Joe and Gully aren't back," Gaglardi answered when asked if he was ready to make an assessment on both men. "Joe has his mandate, and he needs time to make it work, and I don't think he's had that time yet. I agree with Joe's strategy and vision, so there is harmony there."

As for coach Gulutzan, who led the team to a 10th place in the Western Conference during his first season behind the bench of the Stars, Nieuwendyk confirmed there were no plans to change the head coach, while Gaglardi quickly mentioned that he was proud of Gulutzan's work.

"Gully will be back," Nieuwendyk said.

Meanwhile, Gaglardi also revealed that some areas of the team needed improvement, including the lack of success on the man advantage, but said he thought Gulutzan adjusted well as a rookie head coach.

The GM also expects that personnel changes will be studied after the team collapsed down the stretch and missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

"You look at four straight years without the playoffs, and I definitely think you have to look at your leadership group," Gaglardi said. "I don't think our leaders were our best players down the stretch, and that's something that we need to look at to see if that was a common theme in the last four years. It has to be looked at, because we have to make sure it doesn't happen again next year."

The Stars will have to study the leadership core of players like Brenden Morrow, Mike Ribeiro, Steve Ott and Stephane Robidas, though all four are under contract.

The team could also choose to make a big push for New Jersey Devils' Zach Parise or Nashville Predators' Ryan Suter, or both, while they will evaluate if they want Sheldon Souray and Radek Dvorak to return.

They could also look at possibly bringing in a veteran assistant coach with a lot of experience.

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