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“We’re all just glorified scouts really.  It’s about finding and developing players, it always has been, although now it’s harder because of the cap issues.

“I live in Novi, Michigan which is a suburb they call little Sweden because it’s loaded with Swedes and (Nick) Lidstrom (Tomas) Holmstrom and (Johan) Franzen all live there and because it’s so handy to so many cities in the OHL. It’s about 35 minutes from town, 20 minutes from the airport and I can be in three or four different rinks to watch players in a couple of hours. I travel a lot to Europe as well, so the airport is handy. But now that my youngest Cristin is graduating from high school, Trevor is playing at Michigan State and the family has grown up, I just might get around to taking one of those offers. But it would have to be the right move because it’s so great working for this organization.”

-Jim Nill, assistant GM for the Detroit Red Wings.  More on the Wings’ front office by Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province.

That folks, is the first mention of Nill leaving the organization.

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this is not cool!  Holland always says that he leaves the draft up to Nill, he’s called it “Nill’s baby” 

The exodus has begun.  Bowman, Yzerman… I wonder what the Front office landscape looks like when Lidstrom retires?

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 03/24/11 at 11:27 PM ET

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The exodus has begun.  Bowman, Yzerman‚Ķ I wonder what the Front office landscape looks like when Lidstrom retires?

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 03/24/11 at 09:27 PM ET

As much as I hope Nill never leaves, I think Ryan Martin would make a fine AGM.  I’m confident that if Nill decides to go on to more challenging prospects (Leafs?  Sens?  Oilers?), the Organ-I-zation will find someone as able as Nill.

Unless, of course, the Ilitches do something remarkable yet again to retain him as a Wings Executive for life.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 03/25/11 at 06:09 PM ET

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