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‘Universally respected’ Nill named new Stars GM

Apr 29, 2013, 12:27 PM EDT

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The Dallas Stars officially announced today that Jim Nill is their new general manager.

Nill, the longtime assistant GM in Detroit, will take over a Stars side that’s missed the playoffs five straight seasons.

“Jim Nill, along with Ken Holland, has been at the core of the Detroit Red Wings front office for nearly two decades and we are extremely excited to secure him as our new general manager,” said Dallas owner Tom Gaglardi in a release. “Jim’s record in Detroit speaks for itself, contributing to four Stanley Cup championships, as well as drafting and developing some of the league’s best players.

“Jim is universally respected throughout the hockey world and we are very fortunate to have him as our general manager. We are confident that his leadership, expertise, work ethic and direction will position the club for consistent success once again.”

Nill also released a statement: “I am honored and very excited at this opportunity to be the Dallas Stars general manager and I want to thank Tom Gaglardi and [Stars president] Jim Lites for believing that I am the right person for this job. There have been a few other openings out there that have been presented to me in the past, but I was waiting for the right one to take, and coming to Dallas was that right one. I am eager to get started building on the pieces that already exist and helping return this team to the playoffs.”

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

  1. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 29, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Good luck Jim! Thank you for all that you have done in Detroit.

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    Wow! This is a serious upgrade. That’s like going from a Hyundai to a Ferrari. :-)

  3. worldseriestiger - Apr 29, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    That mustache is universally respected.

  4. withseidelinn - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    The stache alone should take them to the playoffs next year.

  5. einjzmolf - Apr 29, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    Listening to him at the presser today just got me even more excited than I was yesterday. Over the past four years I’ve almost forgotten what it’s like to hear a GM sound like he knows what he’s talking about and what he wants to achieve. Extremely well composed man, that is definitely ready for the job at hand. Looking forward to the future in Dallas. Congrats to Jim on the job.

  6. ryanprzy - Apr 29, 2013 at 5:46 PM

    It’s bittersweet for me and many other Wings fans because Nill was a huge part of our last 4 Stanley Cups. But he’s been overly-ripe for a larger role for awhile and now he’ll get a shot at righting the ship in Dallas. He’s gonna do a great job.

  7. icehammer8394 - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:39 PM

    Sad to see nieuwandyk (sp?) go,i don’t think Nill will let Shero use the stars as a farm system anymore

  8. billsboy88 - Apr 30, 2013 at 12:51 AM

    Had to compliment that stache…awesome stache

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