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Hotstove confirms that Jim Nill’s going to head to Dallas

Somewhat ironically: the CBC's Hotstove Tonight crew on Hockey Night in Canada confirmed that the Red Wings will lose Jim Nill to Dallas "after the season" (whether that means before or after the NHL Draft that Nill tends to run for the Wings, nobody seems to know yet), but in revealing as much, the CBC's Elliotte Friedman stated that the Wings and Stars were trying to keep the news Tweeted by TSN's Darren Dreger quiet out of respect for a) Nill and b) the Wings-Stars game that Dreger chose to precede by FOUR minutes...

And in a not-so-subtle dig, Friedman stated that he asked Wings coach Mike Babcock about the Dreger Tweet suggesting that Babcock would end up leaving the Wings to join the University of Michigan, and Babcock was apparently upset by the insinuation that he'd leave the team--and he stated that he's not going anywhere until his daughter graduates high school in 2 years (assuming he's not a coach for life or nearly so, which he really is at this point).

Otherwise, the Hotstove crew talked about the fact that the NHL, the IIHF and the IOC are still attempting to hammer out the details of NHL participation in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, during the World Championships (the Worlds begin in Stockholm and Helsinki on May 3rd, and Glenn Healy reports that the security in Sochi is what you'd expect from a location about 200 miles west of Grozny, Chechnya, but the facilities aren't finished); they talk about Team Canada's roster for the Worlds; Healy states that the Rangers aren't particularly happy about being the visitors in two outdoor games for the 2013-2014 season; and they discuss Anschutz Entertainment Group president Tim Leiwicke joining Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment.

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Crater's avatar

So i assume since he is “Special assistant to the GM” perhaps this was known for a little bit and Drapes will take Nill’s spot?

Posted by Crater from SoCal on 04/28/13 at 01:51 AM ET

Slumpy's avatar

Dreger is such a small suit wearing twerp.

Sucks to lose Nill but this is long overdue. Wish him luck down in south fork, yay!


Posted by Slumpy from Under My Wheels on 04/28/13 at 06:44 AM ET

OnlyWings's avatar

Good for Nill but I think he picked a mess of a franchise. Lots of work to do for Nill. Who will he pry away from the Wings??

Don’t you usually fire the current GM prior to announcing a new one.  Even the Oilers got that right.  These GM changes are touchy when the Draft is not far down the Road also.

Dreger, McKenzie, LeBrun are some of the best but this was a poor decision by someone to Tweet this.  Hope Nieuwendyk knew what was happening before this “Leak”.

The Yotes of Texas! 

It will be interesting which ex Wing gets primed for a NHL GM job???

Posted by OnlyWings on 04/28/13 at 09:09 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Sorry, George, but off-topic.  Former Wings prospect Drew MacIntyre with what is probably the most ridiculous save ever.

I had to watch it twice.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 04/28/13 at 04:46 PM ET

Sweet Jesus's avatar

Dreger, McKenzie, LeBrun are some of the best but this was a poor decision by someone to Tweet this.  Hope Nieuwendyk knew what was happening before this “Leak”.

Nope, Nieuwendyk didn’t know about it.  The owner caught wind of the leak and told him before the game so he’d know why his phone was blowing up. 

Joe Nieuwendyk talks about his dismissal

Posted by Sweet Jesus on 04/28/13 at 10:25 PM ET

SYF's avatar

Heh.  sTards fans are more excited about the prospect of trying to land Tebow than the hiring of the most-sought-after AGM in the NHL.


Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 04/29/13 at 03:15 PM ET

SYF's avatar

From hfboards:


Quote:  Regardless of who Nill drafts, there’s no reason we should have an 18 year old as a top 6 Center next season.

Dumbass.  The development system in DAL is going to emulate the Wings way:  over-ripen.  This is going to frustrate the hell outta the pantsless newbs in that town.

Get used to it, sTArds fans.  Your precious 18-year olds are not gonna see NHL-level action for at least three to four years.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 04/29/13 at 03:24 PM ET

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