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Longtime Red Wings Assistant GM Jim Nill Named Stars GM After Turning Down Others
Published April 29, 2013
RAW DEAL? In Dallas, Rick Gosselin writes, "I thought Nieuwendyk deserved one more year." The Stars "owed it to their general manager for the handcuffs that were placed on him during the first 29 months of his 46-month tenure." Nill will "need a greater financial commitment from ownership than the old one." It is "time to start spending." Gosselin: "Open the wallet and buy the missing pieces that wound up costing Nieuwendyk his job" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 4/29). The STAR-TELEGRAM's Engel wrote Nieuwendyk's "reign in the Stars front office was hamstrung mostly by the team's ownership problems from previous owner Tom Hicks." For three of the four years of Nieuwendyk's tenure, he was "limited in his ability to make moves because at first Hicks didn't want to spend money, and when the team went into bankruptcy the banks that were signing the checks didn't want to do anything big" (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 4/27). Nieuwendyk yesterday said, "Tom could have let me go when he bought the team, but he didn't, he gave me an opportunity and I'm thankful for that. But I hint it's important for him to move forward with his guys and it's important for me to take a little time off and spend it with my family" (DALLASNEWS.com, 4/28).