Joe Nieuwendyk was loaded with perfectly reasonable explanations why the Dallas Stars stunk it up over the past four seasons, but despite those reasons enough mediocrity was enough. GM Joe, once one of this most celebrated names of this once proud franchise, is back to being another Joe.
A Dallas Stars source said that Nieuwendyk is out as the GM of the Stars.
The Stars ended their season on Saturday night.
Makes perfect sense; Nill was with the Red Wings when current Dallas Stars president Jim Lites was a member of that organization. Nill has been next to one of the best GM's in the business in long-time Red Wings GM Ken Holland.
While we're at it, don't expect Nill to re-sign head coach Glen Gulutzan. His contract has expired, and it's hard to imagine a new GM will not bring in his own guy.
GM Joe's reign in the Stars front office was hamstrung mostly by the team's ownership problems from previous owner Tom Hicks. For three years of the four years of GM Joe'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.
Excuses aside, the Stars never made the postseason in Joe's tenure while many other franchises with uncertain ownernship situations still managed to win games and make the playoffs.
His trade of forward James Neal to the Pittsburgh Penguins for d-man Alex Goligoski was terrible. The reason to fire head coach Dave Tippett when he took over as GM may have been sound, but the subsequent hirings of Marc Crawford and Gulutzan as the were duds.
This is a franchise-record fifth consecutive season the Stars failed to make the postseason, and with interest in this team at an all-time low Stars owner Tom Gaglardi had no choice but to make this change.
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