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by George Malik on 04/24/12 at 03:51 AM ET
According to MLive’s Ansar Khan, the Red Wings actually gave assistant GM Jim Nill permission to speak to the Montreal Canadiens, but in the last year which Nill has a non-competition clause in his contract, Nill declined an invitation to become the Canadiens’ general manager:
The opportunity to become a general manager, especially for a storied franchise like the Montreal Canadiens, was enticing to Jim Nill. But Nill, the assistant GM of the Detroit Red Wings, passed on the chance. He felt this was not the ideal time for the move, due to an illness in his family.
“I had two great talks with Montreal; I was interested, they were interested,’’ Nill said. “But it’s not the right time.’‘
Nill has four years remaining on his contract, with different out clauses each season.
“My goal is to become a general manager,’’ Nill said. “There will be opportunities down the road.’‘
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