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Official: Stars fire GM Joe Nieuwendyk

Apr 28, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

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What was just a report last night is now official.

The Dallas Stars have fired Joe Nieuwendyk as the team’s general manager after four years in the role. It’s believed Detroit Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill will be hired to fill the position. Nieuwendyk’s contract with the Stars was set to expire after next season.

Nieuwendyk was hired in May of 2009 and while he’s made some shrewd moves during his tenure, he’ll likely be remembered by NHL fans as the guy who lost out on a pair of deals with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The trade that sent James Neal and Matt Niskanen to the Pens for Alex Goligoski now lives in infamy after Neal became a monster goal scorer alongside Evgeni Malkin while Niskanen emerged as one of their more consistent defenders. Goligoski has done well in Dallas, but the others’ performances turned the deal into a lopsided one.

Brenden Morrow‘s performance in Pittsburgh this season is also not helping Nieuwendyk’s image as an executive while helping Pens GM Ray Shero look like a wizard.

Now it’ll likely be up to Nill to figure out how best to surround guys like Jamie Benn in Texas.

  1. desertfan - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Nice guy – but!!!!

  2. letsgopens8771 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Thanks, Joe. It’s been real. Such a shame we won’t get to rob you at next year’s trade deadline.

  3. einjzmolf - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    You were great in a sweater but boy did you make my blood boil over the past 4 years whilst in a suit. Good riddance purely for that. Congratulations to Jim Nill, he’s going to have quite a work load ahead of him down here, considering he has to fix Joe’s lack of effort and knowledge over the past half decade. We’ll definitely believe in him though, seriously looking forward to the future in Dallas now. Next step, fire Gulutzan. If there isn’t a post on PHT about his firing in the next week this guy isn’t doing his job fast enough either, haha.

  4. oquintero99 - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    I think Gulutzan did a decent job with what he had. He’s young and he has learned a lot this couple of seasons. He deserves one more season but Nill has to get him something to play with. Dallas has problems with their bottom 2 fwd lines and big gaps on the D. The Stars have good goalies. They are not far away from being a good team

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Apr 28, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    Ray Shero and the nWo take down another GM!

  6. fusionix7 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    As a Wings fan I am sad to see Jim Nill go. Dallas, you guys are getting one great GM.

  7. thehighcountrybear - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Making Ray Shero look like a wizard is no small feat…

    Does anyone know how to get coffee stains out of a white sunday morning go to church shirt…? I’m not accustomed to seeing the name Ray Shero and the term wizard in the same sentence…caught me up and I inhaled half a cup?

    I see the movie marquee now ‘Ray Shero Unchained’, the wizard of the draft lottery…the man who landed the pick in years when Fleury, Malkin and Crosby were in the pool!

    Perhaps the wizardry comes from managing your team into annual also-ran status while missing the playoffs…

    • drone501 - Apr 28, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      hey, somebody had to take em. might as well of been the pens.

      • thehighcountrybear - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:51 PM


        Too right…I don’t think anybody would have turned Crosby and Malkin down, but having either player wouldn’t have automatically made that GM a genius either. And then there was Craig Patrick, author of the infamous Naslund for Stojanov swap? He finally gets to draft by way of lottery, Sid the Kid, then gets his walking papers only to see Shero proclaimed Merlin incarnate [ just ask Brian Burke…this while sticking to hockey affairs ]?

        The smartest thing Shero did was hiring Bylsma…what a job, sorting egos and petty jealousies on the Penguins?

        First thing Nill’s gotta do…find a coach of Bylsma’s quality, no doubt!

    • hazlydose - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Shero was hired in 2006. His first draft pick was Jordan Staal. Fleury, Sid, and Geno were already on the team when he was hired.

      • thehighcountrybear - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        Right, my bad…

        I am admitedly shallow on Penguins’ lore, opting rather for my extensive collection of Lawrence Welk reruns whenever Penguins are scheduled [ it’s not easy trying to keep up with the risqué antics of Bobby and Cissy…so much to see, so little time ]?

        My point was Shero’s been the beneficiary of the draft lottery like no one else since its inception…you don’t have to be a wizard to succeed with those players. Look at what Edmonton has gotten from the lottery versus on-ice production…

        With Penguins talent, one is left wondering why a proliferation of Cups has not followed; injuries or no injuries, the best prevail regardless.

  8. jacketsfan7 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Great player , awful gm

  9. thenoffer - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:50 PM

    Won’t Joe also be remember as the guy who ran Mike Modano out of town and made his finish his career as a Red Wing. I’ll remember him more for that.

  10. proudliberal85392 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    jacketsfan7: Ditto. Nieuwendyk was to GMs what Gretzky was to coaches…take it from a Coyotes diehard.

  11. buffalomafia - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Buffalo Sabres should do the same!!!

  12. haterzinc - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Sad to see you go joe. Was looking forward to making a few more trades.

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