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Stars owner on GM Nill: ‘It’s marvelous what he has done’

Aug 19, 2014, 11:00 PM EDT

Jim Nill, Tom Gaglardi AP

The Dallas Stars were seen by many as one of the big winners of the summer.

Landing Jason Spezza in a trade and then picking up Ales Hemsky in free agency has many people thinking the Stars are poised for a big jump.

Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said he couldn’t be prouder of the job GM Jim Nill did as Mark Stepneski of the Stars’ website shared.

“What can I say? It’s marvelous what he has done,” Gaglardi said. “I look at our club and who we have added to our top six in terms of Hemsky and Spezza and you can get pretty excited pretty quickly. You hear [Spezza’s] name – he’s an amazing player – and then you realize he is going to be playing for the Dallas Stars. … Ales Hemsky is a heck of a player.”

Spezza and Hemsky teamed up together late last season in Ottawa when the Senators acquired Hemsky from the Edmonton Oilers. Hemsky then signed a three-year, $12 million deal with the Stars to re-join Spezza in Dallas.

Dallas steered clear of tweaking their defense and goaltending mostly because the defense is young and growing into their roles and Kari Lehtonen is already pretty darn good. Now it’s up to the Stars to live up to the offseason accolades and make Nill look even better at his job than he does now.

  1. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    It may be that towards the trade deadline, if they are in a position of trying to hold onto a playoff spot, or perhaps move up to 3rd in the central that they trade for a right handed d-man set to be a UFA in the summer.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:10 AM

      yo, thumbs downers – what’s the issue. Detroit and Dallas are both known for their lack of right handed, decent D-men. They were likely too expensive in the offseason. Nill probably made a good decision to wait for now. No cheap shot/second guessing was intended.

      All I was saying is that he may take agvantage of a future opportunity to further improve the team.

      • blomfeld - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:20 AM

        “what’s the issue” ? …

        listen up Solutions … a King was felled that fateful day in Dallas back on November 22, 1963 … and so now ‘you’ people are going to pay for your crimes in ‘no’ uncertain terms !

        GO TRUTH !!!

        GO DECENCY !!!


      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        A king was felled? I know about the fateful shooting. I was in 3rd grade. The announcement was read. Schools closed, the nation went into in morning.

        But what the HECK!!!!! does that have to do with hockey?????????????????????

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:57 AM

        So let me clue you and others into my “what’s the issue” comment. The context was CLEARLY those who disagreed for whatever reason with my brief coment that, despite not making any moves defensively, Nill may yet do so this year.

        As far as I can tell, nobody had the intellectual integrity to actually post why they disagreed, and perhaps post something that would cause me to re-consider my conclusion.

        Hidden agenda revealed – I’m trying, likely unsuccessfully for the most part, to influence posters to be more civil, be more objective, and not be lazy.

        And being on point is a part of that.

      • blomfeld - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:16 AM

        Sure, whatever you say ‘Umbrella’ man” !

        The bottom line is that the man unfurling his umbrella just prior to the ‘fatal’ head shot was nothing more than a forward-positioned ‘damage assessment’ officer. His actions were a signal for a final ‘kill shot’ to be delivered from shooter team # 2, which was positioned behind the white picket fence just above the grassy knoll.

  2. blomfeld - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:39 PM


    Oswald, Umbrella Man, Hoover, Ruby, Johnson, Warren …

    Yes comrade Gaglardi you filthy POS human liar, that’s quite the ‘top 6′ you’ve got there man !

    Deceit = Dallas

    Truth = Los Angeles

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM

      Really depends on your perspective/expectation. If you’re thinking a top 6 that can contend for the SC – you’re right. Relative to the majority of clubs though? Strong enough to take them higher than the 2nd wild card, 14th in the Sagarin rankings, then yes.

      Bottom line is they improved. I would not call it deceit at all, and I’m no Dallas fan.

      And the bottom line is after making the playoffs last year, with promise of better performance this year, they will most likely sell a material amount more tickets (individual and season).

      You can’t judge a team fairly with the expectations of a team that has been to the WC finals 3 years recently, winning 2 SC.

      Time to let their fans feel the encouragement of a good vibe.

      I think they know they are unlikely to get to the WC this year. And building is a process.

      Thanks for at least laying off Elvis.

      • blomfeld - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:48 AM

        “Why did Kennedy’s ‘inner’ security detail stand down on the evening of Nov 21st 1963?”

        Solutions … like the majority of other ‘decent’ American folk out there, I suspect that you too know the answer to that question … regardless, the odds of Dallas making the playoffs this coming year are probably less than 30/1 … they’re a weak and ‘putrid’ organization lead by ‘gangster’ ownership and these cosmetic signings amount to positively nothing ! … in fact, look for these fools to finish no better than 10-12 or so in the WC next April …

        ps: please try to refrain from saying ‘negative’ things about the King eh ? … thanks

        Gaglardi = excrement

        LA Kings = quality and ‘good’ times !!! :) :) :)

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:02 AM

        Dude, this is off topic x E 15th. Really bad things have happended in LA. Chicago, NYC, ST Louis.

        And 1,000% unrelated to HOCKEY.

  3. shanekelleytx - Aug 20, 2014 at 12:44 AM

    There’s lots of talent in the pipeline and guys like Eric Cole to use as trade bait when it comes down to the deadline. If the GM thinks a better defenseman will put them over the edge, he’ll be able to do that. It’s gonna be interesting to see what happens until then, with the loaded top-six/nine forwards and weak defensemen. Everyone not named Daley, Goligoski, or Dillon is going to get beat often. Nemeth looked decent at the end of last, hopefully he does well enough to become a second pairing with Dillon. (Because Gonchar is garbage.)

    • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:04 AM

      Thankyou for getting back on topic.

    • blomfeld - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:26 AM

      Okay then Mister Know It All …

      kindly explain for us why the presidential motorcade slowed down to a paltry 5 MPH just as it made the turn in front of the Texas School Book depository ? …

      • endusersolutions2013 - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:46 AM

        So your trying to hold a hockey team in 2014 guilty for any issues, real or perceived in 1963? Get over it. Has ZERO to do with the Stars i 2014, has ZERO to do with hockey in 2014.

        Do you realize how intellectually weak that is??????????

        That is just like islamic imperialissm – assigning collective guilt, but in this case, you are assigning it across time. Muslims would wipe out a vilage/town/city that they had a peace treaty with, or just engage in widespread massacres/looting/raping. May have been a small revolt. May have been one of the oppressed people defending themself in a way that offended a muslim.

        I could write pages (trust me, I’ve researched).

        The point is collective guilt based on a profoundly flawed premise is intellectually bankrupt.

  4. endusersolutions2013 - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    I’m going to turn this back to the positive. I’m a ‘Hawks fan. And I’m also a serious HOCKEY fan. Dallas has a new owner, GM and coach, and the combo are doing very well to revive this formerly successful franchise.

    I watched an outstanding game last year between the Hawks and Stars. Went to OT, then a shootout. Lots of really good playing in the process, really close game. Hawks won ultimately in the longest shootout I’ve ever seen (both goalies did their teams well).

    At the end of the game, my responses were

    1. Great game
    2. Hawks won
    3. This team is going to surprise some teams and fans going forward.

    The Sagarin objective rankings had the Stars 14th, with a Strength Of Schedule of 4th.

    Pretty good for a team absent from the playoffs for a while.

    • blomfeld - Aug 20, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      *** on the deck at LAX International Airport ***

      San Jose … check ! :)

      Anaheim … check ! :)

      Chicago … check ! :)

      New York … check ! :)

      LAX Control Tower: tower to flight LA-2015 … you’re clear for take off man !

      Captain Blomfeld: roger that friend ! :)

  5. pigpen1013 - Aug 20, 2014 at 4:07 AM

    Jesus Blomfeld, do you ever read the paltry crap that you write? Constantly filled with misplaced quotations and irrelevant information. Are you on acid or are you having some kind of psychotic episode? Give it a ‘rest’. No ‘one’ cares what you ‘have’ to ‘say’. Today, tomorrow, or ever.

    • patthehockeyfan - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:14 AM

      I think that most of the people who thumbed up your comment (as I did) wish that their up vote could be multiplied by like a thousand.

    • hockeydon10 - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      I’m still shocked that so many people keep responding.

      I realize that most trolls aren’t very good at it in the overall scheme of things. In this case, however, we have the 2nd best troll I’ve ever seen on the internet patrolling these articles. The more people thumb down, the more people respond, the more people complain, the more satisfaction it gets. So much so that it will use puppet accounts to systematically down-vote other posts in rapid-fire succession, post responses praising itself or even use multiple accounts to gang up on other posters.

      Since there appears to be nearly zero effort to moderate these boards, we just have to live with it.

      (Yes, I realize that by pointing this out I’m also feeding it. But apparently the passion of the hockey fans that would read or even comment on these blog posts is such that they temporarily forget that this is the internet, and thus trolling should be expected.)

      • hockeydon10 - Aug 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM

        Also, FYI, wordpress — which is what this blog uses — does have an ignore user function. They just have chosen not to use it for these messages. (That I can find, anyway.)

      • blomfeld - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:53 PM

        Patricia, Pigpen and such as …

        back in the 70`s, we used to refer to goofs like you as `suck holes` … sorry man, but that was the deal ! :)

        `me like Blomfeld, he number one !`…

        Gai Lan (Snow Pea) … a `sexy` PRC Honor Guard Captain in the 37th Special Action Brigade

  6. purpleguy - Aug 20, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    I just wasted a minute of my life reading this comment string, which of course, is mostly my own fault.

    • blomfeld - Aug 20, 2014 at 11:55 PM

      sorry friend, but `you` yourself are a waste of valuable resources …

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