Big changes are coming to Big D. The Dallas Starts have fired GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who was hired by Tom Hicks in 2009. During his short tenure with the Stars, Nieuwendyk made little progress, and was unable to make the Starts a constant playoff team.
Current Starts owner Tom Gaglardi has given Joe the chance to stay with the club. “”I have a lot of admiration and respect for Joe Nieuwendyk, and I told him that,” Gaglardi said.”I offered him an opportunity to stay in the organization in a capacity he would find fitting, and he told me he would think about it.” Nieuendyk is unsure if he wants to stay with the Stars. (Mike Heika Dallasnews.com)
Nieuendyk has made some poor coaching decisions, firing Dave Tippett who went on to be the coach of the year with the Phoenix Coyotes. Joe also passed on Ken Hitchock, who went on to become Coach of the Year with the St. Louis. Blues Nieuwendyk leaves the GM’s office with a younger Dallas roster; but he also has made a mess of the coaching staff. The only area that the Starts are better off on is their power play. One good thing Nieuwendyk is leaving behind is a roster full of good young prospects.
Rumors are already flying about who the Starts will hire as Nieuwendyk’s replacement. One name that keeps coming up is current Detroit Red Wings Assistant GM Jim Nill. Reports out of Detroit say Nill will accept the offer. Nill has been with the Red Wings for nearly two decades.
Adding Nill’s experience may be just what the Stars need to become a playoff contender again. Nill has been a part of four Stanley Cup teams, and has respect from around the leaguee. Once Nill is added the Stars may take on a new attitude.
As for the rest of the Dallas Stars coaching staff? It seems like Nill will have the last say on who stays and who goes. Next year’s Stars will look a lot different from the team that missed the playoffs this year.