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Jim Nill talked first about the Dallas Stars then turned it over to Jason Spezza.
from Pat Pickens of Sportsnet,
What do you believe you are getting with Spezza?
He’s an elite hockey player. He’s over a point-per-game player in the NHL. They don’t just fall out of the sky. He’s in the prime of career. He’s a big body, he’s got great hands, great vision. He’s going to help our power play. He’s played in the Stanley Cup playoffs before and the Stanley Cup Final and the world championships. We’re getting an elite player in the prime of his career.
Given how formidable the rest of the Western Conference is, plus the moves others have made, was this a move you felt you had to make to remain competitive?
We knew we had to address that hole in our lineup when I came in here last year. If I didn’t get Spezza, we had to turn to another option. We had Jamie Benn playing centre because we had no other options. It was a hole to get filled, and it turned out well to get Jason Spezza.
How much risk do you associate with this deal, considering Spezza will still be a free agent next summer?
I’m not too worried about the contract. His agent [Rick Curran] and I have spoken, and we’re going to get Jason in here to show him around the area. I’m pretty confident we’re going to get a contract done.
ESPN's Scott Burnside penned a fascinating article about the NHL draft as witnessed through the eyes of general managers and assistant general managers, including Toronto Maple Leafs assistant GM Claude Loiselle, Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen, Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon, Pittsburgh Penguins assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald and Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill.
Nill suggests that, at some point, the management staff has to relinquish control to the amateur scouting staff and hope for the best:
Nill was at the Detroit draft tables when the Wings repeatedly came up with the proverbial diamonds in the rough: Datsyuk with the 171st pick in 1998; Zetterberg at 210 in 1999; Tomas Holmstrom at 257 in 1994. The Red Wings rarely drafted anywhere near the top of the first round thanks to their winning ways during that time, but the mandate was still the same, Nill said: Find good players who could help the team, no matter where the Wings were drafting.
"Those were special players. But at the time we didn't know that. You don't know it until three or four years down the road," Nill said.
This year's draft will be Nill's second as the GM of the Dallas Stars. It has been a period of evolution for someone who used to be one of the guys who put eyes on hundreds of youngsters at hundreds of games every season. Living in Detroit, he could see junior, college, AHL and NHL games all within a few hours' drive. Not so in Dallas, and his job description precludes those kinds of trips anyway.
Just as longtime Detroit GM Ken Holland had to trust Nill and his scouting staff to identify the right players for the Red Wings, Nill now has to step back and convey that trust to the Stars' staff.
"I had to hand over the reins," Nill said. "If you're going to be a manager, you're going to have to let it go."
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,
Now, with some significant injuries that need to be tended, teams are going to get serious about addressing trades.
While Nill said he doesn’t sense an immediate flood of trades on Monday, he understands the powder keg the trade deadline creates.
“I think it’s going to be slow, but it just takes one team to do something,” Nill said. “We’ll see what happens. It’s very quiet right now. I think teams are going to come back and nobody really knows what they have. Some teams have injuries, some teams could still get injuries. Everyone has three or four games under their belt before the deadline, so I think more things will happen then (closer to the deadline).”
read on for a look at the Dallas Stars at the trade deadline...
DALLAS – Dallas Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi announced today that he has named Jim Nill the team’s new General Manager at a press conference at American Airlines Center. He will begin his new role immediately, becoming the 11th General Manager in franchise history and sixth since the team moved to Dallas.
“Jim Nill, along with Ken Holland, has been at the core of the Detroit Red Wings front office for nearly two decades and we are extremely excited to secure him as our new General Manager,” said Gaglardi. “Jim’s record in Detroit speaks for itself, contributing to four Stanley Cup championships, as well as drafting and developing some of the league’s best players.
“Jim is universally respected throughout the hockey world and we are very fortunate to have him as our General Manager. We are confident that his leadership, expertise, work ethic and direction will position the club for consistent success once again.”
from an email on behalf of the Nill's,
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Bekki & Jim Nill
The Malik Report did a story on this about a week ago, but I thought it would be a good idea to bring up the topic again, especially after I saw the interview the Nill's did with WXYZ in Detroit tonight.
Bekki Nill, Jim's wife is fighting stage 4 liver cancer and he will soon be running in the Chicago Marathon to raise awareness for World Vision (click the link for more information or to make a donation).
from John Hahn of DetroitRedWings.com,
The Red Wings announced today that the team has signed executive vice president and general manager Ken Holland, and vice president and assistant general manager Jim Nill to five-year contract extensions.
“Kenny and Jim have been the core of our front office for well over a decade and cornerstone to this franchise’s success,” Red Wings owner Mike Ilitch said. “Marian and I feel strongly that stability is key to success for any organization and having these new agreements in place with these two top-notch NHL executives is important to the Red Wings’ organization and its future. They are committed professionals and outstanding individuals, and we have great respect for their respective talents. We’re pleased they will continue to lead our hockey club for the next five years.”
Detroit’s assistant GM took part in a chat today at the Detroit Free Press…
Is there any chance you guys are looking at Jason Spezza? I know he’s owed $7 million, but is he a possibility? I think he’d be a great fit.
Jim Nill: We would have to trade one of the following players with a similar cap number-Zetterberg-Datsyuk-Lisdtrom.
Who do you see filling the role of the vacated Brad May? Abby is learning the ropes still, and Bertuzzi may sign elsewhere. Do we have anyone that can “keep the flies off”?
Jim Nill: We are looking at a few unrestricted free agents to fill that role.
review the chat at the Detroit Free Press…
But no indignity, real or rumoured, compares with what Draper’s newborn daughter Kamryn – diaperless – did to the Cup in June.
“A week after we won it, I had my newborn daughter in there and she pooped in the Cup,” said Draper. “That was something. We had a pretty good laugh.
“It was, well, clean it out. I still drank out of it that night, so no worries.”
more on Draper with the Cup in Toronto by Kevin McGrath of the Toronto Star…
Another Morning Line added 7:17am...
via Dave Waddell of the Windsor Star,
As for smaller market teams being forced to spend US$40-million to reach the salary cap floor when they’ve traditionally capped expenditures in the mid-to-low 30s, Nill offers one simple question.
“Isn’t that what revenue sharing is for?” Nill said. “Some teams that normally spent about $32-million are getting an additional $10 to $12 million in revenue sharing. That gets them to the $40-million.”
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
Holland was talking about a time, back at the 1999 NHL trading deadline, when he and his assistant, Jim Nill “blew out all those draft picks” in deals to acquire, among others, Wendel Clark and Chris Chelios in a bid to win another Stanley Cup. That didn’t work out.
That night, sitting in a sports bar near his house, seeing his picture on every TV screen, Holland said he turned to Nill and said from then on: “we’ve got to draft defencemen because eventually, when (Steve) Yzerman’s too old and (Brendan) Shanahan’s too old and (Sergei) Fedorov’s gone, how do you stay competitive? If you’re in the top five in goals-against in the league every year, you’ve going to be competitive. You have to be, even if you don’t score a lot. So if you look at our drafts the last six or seven years, all we draft are defencemen. We’ve got lots of kids that we think our close to playing.”