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Stars GM Nill to accompany Garbutt for Wednesday’s in-person hearing

Oct 22, 2013, 12:08 PM EDT

Jim Nill, Tom Gaglardi, Jim Lites AP

Dallas Stars forward Ryan Garbutt will have his GM in tow for tomorrow’s meeting with the NHL’s Department of Player Safety.

Jim Nill will accompany Garbutt to the league offices, according to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News. The two will have a chance to address Garbutt’s hit on Ducks forward Dustin Penner during Anaheim’s 6-3 win on Sunday, a hit that knocked Penner out and forced him from the contest entirely.

Penner, 31, also didn’t travel with the Ducks to Toronto for the start of their season-long eight-game road trip. He remained in Anaheim to undergo evaluation and concussion testing.

Expect conspiracy theorists to raise their eyebrows at Nill going to the meeting (set for 11 a.m. ET). The longtime assistant GM in Detroit, Nill worked under Ken Holland during the golden Red Wings era that included a 10-year stint (and, three Stanley Cups) with Brendan Shanahan from 1996-2006.

Shanahan, of course, is the NHL’s discipline czar.

  1. ipaintrinks - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

    leave the man to face his own consequences

  2. brycewest - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    I do not think Garbutt knows how to speak; Nill can translate his snorts and grunts.

    • ejbigg - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:41 PM

      He graduated from an Ivy League school…

  3. upper90cheese - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Maybe the GM is just going to stick up for his player who made a clean bodycheck on a dude with his head down??!!

    • Anoesis - Oct 23, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      More likely Nill is going in order to try and use his past relationship with Shanahan to keep Garbutt’s suspension down to single digit games.

  4. ipaintrinks - Oct 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM

  5. kingcobraman - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    we will see if the old boys of Detroit are still in love…

  6. joey4id - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:27 PM

    Players don’t typically go to these hearings by themselves. It may not always be the GM, though.

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