Joe Nieuwendyk wanted a new head coach for Dallas, similar to the coach he played for when the Stars won their only Stanley Cup 10 years ago.

Yesterday, the Stars' general manager hired Marc Crawford to replace the fired Dave Tippett.

"The players will know who's in charge," Nieuwendyk said. "They will be held accountable on a daily basis. That's what I think is necessary."

The player-friendly Tippett had replaced demanding Ken Hitchcock, a Stanley Cup winner who was fired midway through the 2001-02 season and later coached the Flyers.

The 48-year-old Crawford won the 1996 Stanley Cup with Colorado, and has a 470-361-156 record in 13 seasons.

Molson's bid

Three Molson brothers confirmed they have made an offer to buy the Montreal Canadiens along with the Bell Centre. Geoff, Andrew, and Justin Molson said the bid was delivered to George Gillett, who owns the arena and about 80 percent of the team. Molson Coors Brewing Co. owns the rest.. - Associated Press