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Marc Crawford Mellows, Finds Success Coaching in Dallas

Filed under: Stars, Western, NHL CoachingHe's cool, calm and collected -- and his team is winning on a regular basis.

Meet the changed Marc Crawford. The old-school coach with the new attitude is helping the Dallas Stars contend for first place in the Western Conference.

After being fired in Vancouver and Los Angeles, Crawford says he "probably figured a little bit it out" after the lockout wiped out the 2004-05 NHL season. Crawford's attacking team play is the same on the ice, but he no longer attacks players the way he used to.

"You went hard on people trying to get them to change," says Crawford who won a Stanley Cup with Colorado and also has a coach of the year award. "It doesn't work anymore, because you've gotta deal with your own problems and you have to figure them out, because nobody's going anywhere. So that's a big change.

"Nowadays, there aren't as many trades. There aren't as many call-ups. There's way more one-way contracts that you've gotta figure out. So anything (problem-wise) that you've got, you've gotta figure out. I wasn't very good at that." Permalink | Email this | Linking Blogs | Comments 1184 days


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