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Marc Crawford Fired as Stars Head Coach

DALLAS, TX - FEBRUARY 09:  Head coach Marc Crawford of the Dallas Stars during play against the Phoenix Coyotes at American Airlines Center on February 9, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Matthew CalamiaCorrespondent IApril 13, 2011

48 hours removed from their season-ending loss at the hands of the Minnesota Wild, Dallas Stars head coach Marc Crawford became the third head coach fired following the conclusion of the regular season on Sunday.

GM Joe Nieuwendyk announced Tuesday that the Stars would be letting go of Crawford, who won a Stanley Cup as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche in 1996, after Dallas failed to make the playoffs on the season's final day.

The Stars sat atop the Pacific division for extended periods of time this season, but ultimately fell apart in the second-half, and ended up being the only Pacific division squad not to qualify for the playoffs. The team finished with 95 points, up five points from the previous year.

Ownership problems plagued dominated headlines for the Stars this season, and will make it difficult for the organization to re-sign star center Brad Richards in the off-season.

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