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Columnist: Stars Made Right Call In "Cleaning House," Bringing In New GM Nill
Published May 1, 2013
CHANGING STRATEGY: Nill said that he received "numerous offers from other teams throughout his career in Detroit", but it was Gaglardi and Stars President & CEO Jim Lites’ "pitch that sold him on leaving for Dallas." In Ft. Worth, Travis Brown noted operating under a new CBA, Nill "believes solid drafting and player development are the only ways to stay competitive in the continually changing NHL." Over the next two weeks, Nill will "get to know all of the current Stars staff and said that only after that would he begin to make decisions on who will remain next season, most notably head coach Glen Gulutzan." Before the '13-14 season starts, there "undoubtedly will be change in and around the Stars’ organization, 'cultural' or otherwise" (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 4/30). Also in Ft. Worth, Mac Engel wrote Nill has to "change what has troubled this team for so long few can remember -- no one pays enough attention to put pressure on this team to win." No one is "calling anybody out." The Stars' "core fan base is so small and loyal that it’s not big enough to make a dent, and the members of the media that say a word make even less of an impression." This "problem is not specific" to the Stars. Engel: "A lot of teams in non-traditional markets fight it. People don't care enough to be mad." Gaglardi "realizes a malaise is draped over the team." Gaglardi: "The bar has to be higher. ... The danger is if you don't win and let it go on for too long it can get tougher. You have to raise the bar" (STAR-TELEGRAM.com, 4/29).