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Ex-GM Nieuwendyk: ‘I’m very proud of what we accomplished’

Apr 29, 2013, 9:56 AM EDT

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Joe Nieuwendyk’s tenure as the Dallas Stars’ general manager is over, but he doesn’t sound like a guy that has a lot of regrets.

“I’m very proud of what we accomplished,” he said in a Dallas Morning News report. “I know you get measured on getting to the playoffs and challenging for Stanley Cups, but I feel we’ve made a lot of progress in four years. I feel good about this group of players moving forward.”

Nieuwendyk isn’t sure what he learned during his time as a general manager.

“I think I’m proud of the tract that my morals and values were unwavering through it all,” he added. “I believe in doing the right thing and treating people with respect, and at the end of the Spector think I had the respect of my players and co-workers. I think we were a good team together.”

Dallas has gone five seasons without a postseason berth, but they do have some great young players, most notably Jamie Benn. Jim Nill will assume Nieuwendyk’s old post and his background as a scout should help him continue the Stars’ rebuilding efforts even as they try to end their playoffs drought in the near future.

Nill had been serving as the Detroit Red Wings assistant GM before he accepted Stars owner Tom Gaglardi’s offer.

“I think a GM with a history in scouting certainly has a leg up, and I think anyone who has been around that kind of success also has a head start,” Gaglardi said. “He’s been at the epicenter of one of the best franchises in hockey for nearly two decades, I think he’s an extremely qualified individual.”

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  1. jpelle82 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    i understand him getting fired but he did a good job all things considered. they are young, have good talent in their ranks, and have been competing for the 8th spot the last couple seasons. i would give him a bad grade for the james neal trade but thats really the only glaring hole in his tenure there and i think he made up for it when he traded morrow for morrow. its kinda grey area with dallas, are they rebuilding, are they willing to spend money to win now? – you dont really know and some of the moves like trading away morrow say they are looking to the future but then they bring in jagr for a 1 year deal which indicates a win now approach. either way, they were still competing so he can walk away with his head high in my opinion.

  2. kingsforever - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    What on earth did he accomplish?

  3. polegojim - Apr 29, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    That’s why he got fired… he’s proud…. of what exactly???

    Great player… good guy… wrong job.

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