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Jim Nill won’t be the next Canadiens GM

Apr 24, 2012, 9:56 AM EDT

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While the Montreal Canadiens’ search for a new GM to replace Pierre Gauthier rages on, one hot name on their list is taking himself out of the running.

Detroit Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill tells Ansar Khan of mlive.com that while he had discussions with Montreal, he won’t be the guy to take over the Canadiens.

“I had two great talks with Montreal; I was interested, they were interested,” Nill said. “But it’s not the right time.”

Nill says an illness in his family made it so now wasn’t the right time to make such a bold move. Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch gave the Canadiens permission to speak with Nill and given Nill’s track record over his 18 years in Detroit, he would make an outstanding candidate.

Now the Habs will turn their attention elsewhere with an unknown list of candidates for owner Geoff Molson and special assistant Serge Savard to work from. By now you’ve heard about Patrick Roy’s interest in working in the NHL and how his “cellphone is always on” in case someone wants to call.

  1. cweez2 - Apr 24, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    At least they’re looking in the right direction and not toward an emotional favorite, like Roy. I also think Nill is uni-lingual, so they seem to be serious about a ‘hockey guy’ first.

  2. hockinj25 - Apr 24, 2012 at 12:55 PM

    “Its not the right time” is a nice way of saying “I don’t want to work for that circus of an organization” and that is probably the right choice.

  3. geo91 - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    He’s the reason Stevie Y had to go to Tampa for a job. He’s still just waiting on the bench for Holland to throw him the keys to the car

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