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Your Team Need A GM?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The general manager hire in Columbus this week, Jarmo Kekalainen getting his first shot at last, made me think that there are other strong candidates awaiting promotion around the NHL. With that, I bring you a list of assistant GMs I believe deserve a GM job in the next few years. 

1. Jim Nill, Detroit Red Wings: Now in his 15th season as assistant GM in Detroit, he's been GM material for a long time. And it just so happens that his contract will soon begin to present itself with annual six-week "out windows" when he can entertain GM offers from other teams, a source told ESPN.com. The first window comes this summer. With five Stanley Cup rings and a long list of late-draft gems on his resume, Nill is a top-notch candidate in waiting. It would have to be the right fit for him to leave Detroit, where he's happy and loyal to the Illitch family, but it's a possibility. You can't go wrong if you name Nill as your GM. He'd be a superstar hire. 

2. Ron Hextall, Los Angeles Kings: Hextall, 48, is in his seventh season as vice president/assistant GM of the Kings. As Dean Lombardi's right-hand man during that span, he was instrumental in the patient building of a Stanley Cup winner. He's overseen the franchise's top prospects during his time in L.A. and that's an impressive body of work.

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SYF's avatar

Other assistant GMs I believe are ready to be GMs:[/b[ Julien Brisebois, Tampa Bay

He’s also the Bolts’ capologist…and from all accounts, he’s really good.  Good luck getting him out of Yzerman’s watch.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/13 at 02:13 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Yzerman and Breisbois to Detroit for Nill and a first round pick?


Does it work that way?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 02/15/13 at 02:25 PM ET

MOWingsfan19's avatar

Nill is off limits.

Posted by MOWingsfan19 from I really like our team on 02/15/13 at 02:41 PM ET

henrymalredo's avatar

I don’t see Nill going anywhere, he’s probably passed on the GM job of every team in the league during his time with the Wings.  He’s either happy where he is, or he’s already been promised the job when Holland moves out of the GM chair.

Posted by henrymalredo from Lansing on 02/15/13 at 02:54 PM ET

SYF's avatar

The last I read of Nill’s refusing other GM jobs is because his kids are still in high school or college.  Until they graduate, he’s not moving.  Then we’ll worry shitless when they are finally done with schooling.

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 02/15/13 at 02:58 PM ET

LivinLaVidaLockout's avatar

I don’t see Nill going anywhere, he’s probably passed on the GM job of every team in the league during his time with the Wings.  He’s either happy where he is, or he’s already been promised the job when Holland moves out of the GM chair.
   
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          henrymalredo
     
    from Lansing on 02/15/13 at 01:54 PM ET

So you’re saying the odds that he leaves are “Nill to nothing”

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 02/15/13 at 04:23 PM ET

SK77's avatar

Posted by LivinLaVidaLockout on 02/15/13 at 03:23 PM ET

More like next to Nill.

Posted by SK77 on 02/15/13 at 05:23 PM ET

Red Winger's avatar

I think the reason Yzerman ran off to T Bay so fast is because he was told Nill will be the next GM of the Wings, should he want the position.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 02/16/13 at 12:47 PM ET

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