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Report: Calgary permitted to speak with Nieuwendyk for GM gig

Dec 12, 2013, 2:57 PM EDT

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The Calgary Flames aren’t wasting any time.

Just a short while after dismissing GM Jay Feaster and assistant John Weisbrod, the club reportedly gained permission to interview Joe Nieuwendyk for its vacant general manager position, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.

Nieuwendyk was fired as GM in Dallas this past April with a year left on his contract, which is why the Flames required permission to speak with him.

It’s not surprising the 47-year-old Hockey Hall of Famer is in the running for the Calgary gig. Nieuwendyk spent the first nine years of his NHL career in with the Flames — winning a Stanley Cup in 1989 — and worked in both Florida’s and Toronto’s front office prior to taking the head job in Dallas.

Nieuwendyk’s time with Dallas was filled with highs and lows but, perhaps most notably, no playoff appearances in his four years on the job. He was widely skewered for trading James Neal and Matt Niskanen to Pittsburgh in exchange for Alex Goligoski, and also fired Dave Tippett — who went on to great success in Phoenix — replacing him with Marc Crawford and then Glen Gulutzan, neither of whom lasted long.

For a comprehensive rundown of Nieuwendyk’s time in Dallas, click here.

  1. esracerx46 - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:09 PM

    Didn’t he JUST get fired?

  2. muckleflugga - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    he’s already hired…

  3. wishingtonredslur - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    Maybe he’ll just have figurehead status and Burke will run a shadow campaign. Maybe he’ll be awesome at the job. Maybe I can stop hiding my jersey in the basement with my Jerome Iginla McFarlane action figure. It isn’t a doll, it is an action figure.

  4. darksidecowboy - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    Although Joe did manage to provide some depth for the Stars, he really stunk up the joint with the Neal trade. Good Luck Joe, but we’ll never live that one down.

  5. rushledger - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Mistake! Better off with Brian Burke no question to me.

  6. muckleflugga - Dec 12, 2013 at 3:37 PM

    wishingtonredslur

    was that the blow-up jarome iginla action figure…

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