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Jim Nill Trusts His Youngsters On Defense

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Like a wine stain on a wedding gown, the Stars’ defense still has many fans seeing red.

While general manager Jim Nill put some zing in his second line and added an admirable project at backup goalie this week, he didn’t touch the defense. That’s right, nothing. And haven’t you been hearing for the last four years that the blueline is where this team needs the most attention?

But Nill said he has a plan, and it’s to trust the kids. His changes will come in the form of Jamie Oleksiak, Patrik Nemeth, John Klingberg, Jyrki Jokipakka and Cameron Gaunce. Nill is betting that at least two of those youngsters will take a step forward, and that the remaining defensemen will be as good or better than last season.

“I’m excited about our defense,” Nill said. “We’ve got three or four young kids that are knocking on the door from the Calder Cup championship down in Texas. We think we’ve got lots of different options. We know they’re all going to get better. We think we’re going to be just fine.”


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von Awesome's avatar

Let’s just hope Holland takes a page out of Nill’s book this year.

Posted by von Awesome on 07/05/14 at 02:37 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Let’s just hope Holland takes a page out of Nill’s book this year.

Posted by von Awesome

Based on what we’ve seen since Nill left, I’d say Holland was using Nill’s entire book the whole time he was in Detroit. When Nill left, Holland was left holding nothing but an empty book jacket.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/05/14 at 07:20 PM ET

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