The Dallas Stars missed the NHL playoffs again for the 5th straight year under the tenure of General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk. After the Stars' final home game against the Detroit Red Wings, a sudden change will be made, as it was confirmed to StarsInsider.com that the Stars will bring in assistant General Manager Jim Nill of the Red Wings. The announcement will officially be made on Monday.
So who is Jim Nill? He has been a professional scout and NHL draft selector for the Detroit Red Wings organization from 1994 thru 2008. Jim guided Detroit in molding their Stanley Cup teams and thus helping the Wings to win Stanley Cups in 1997, 1998, 2002, and in 2008. This is a huge positive for the Dallas Stars to get moving in the right direction.
Like Joe Nieuwendyk, Jim played in the NHL, making his debut with the St. Louis Blues, who had drafted him in 1982. After being traded around from Blues to the Vancouver Canucks, Jim would eventually find himself in a Boston Bruins' jersey. However Nill would be traded to Winnipeg and would play 4 years with the Jets. Finally, Nill would return Detroit, where he spent 3 years before hanging this skates up for good.
I think this change will be good for the Dallas Stars. It's tough to see Joe Nieuwendyk fired from his position as General Manager, but I do like what the future holds for the Dallas Stars. The Stars have relied very heavily on their AHL affiliate Texas Stars, with the frequent call ups of players, but one thing is for certain, the Stars are moving in the right direction.