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Stars fire Crawford after missing playoffs again @NHLdotcom

DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Stars have fired coach Marc Crawford after missing the playoffs in each of his two seasons.

Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk made the announcement Tuesday, two days after Dallas failed to break a three-season playoff drought.

Crawford won the 1996 Stanley Cup with Colorado, and later coached in Vancouver and Los Angeles.

Nieuwendyk hired Crawford in June 2009. He had played for Crawford in the 1998 Olympics and wanted a tough-minded coach like the one he played for when the Stars won their only Stanley Cup in 1999.

Crawford replaced Dave Tippett, who was fired after replacing Ken Hitchcock midway through 2001-02 season.

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