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Red Wings will lose Jim Nill to Dallas

Updated 2x with a "no comment" from Ken Holland to the Free Press's Helene St. James at 11:25 PM: We knew that Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill would leave the organization to become another team's general manager eventually, and TSN's Darren Dreger reports that Nill will leave Detroit this spring to become the Dallas Stars' GM:

Ridiculous timing by Dreger. Ridiculous.

Update: ESPN is confirming:

The Dallas Stars will replace Joe Nieuwendyk as general manager with Detroit assistant GM Jim Nill, two sources confirmed to ESPN.com Saturday night.

TSN earlier reported the move just before the Stars hosted Nill's Red Wings to wrap up their regular season. It wasn't clear when the official announcement would come.

The Stars missed the playoffs this season for a fifth consecutive year. Nieuwendyk, a Hockey Hall of Fame player inductee, was named the Stars GM in May 2009.

Nill has been one of the NHL's most respected assistant GMs for a long time. He's spent 15 years as the assistant GM in Detroit and 19 years overall with the front office.

I guess my obvious question is whether the Stars will take him before or after the Entry Draft as Nill runs the Wings' draft...

And this probably does not have anything to do with the availability of one Steve Yzerman. The Wings have Kris Draper in the mix, Ryan Martin is essentially an assistant GM and Joe McDonnell's a superb director of amateur scouting.

Update #2: From the Free Press's Helene St. James:

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland declined to comment on the situation.

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Mandingo's avatar

Yeah, the timing of this is weird.

Posted by Mandingo from The Garage on 04/27/13 at 06:09 PM ET

stonehands-78's avatar

ouch

Posted by stonehands-78 from the beginning ... a WingsFan, on 04/27/13 at 06:51 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

Good luck & best wishes to Jim Nill.
He has been a hard working & loyal assistant manager to Ken Holland.
He has played a major part in the success of the Red Wings over the years.
Congratulations to him!

grin

Posted by w2j2 on 04/27/13 at 07:04 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

Bring Stevie back home and let Holland retire.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 04/27/13 at 07:50 PM ET

w2j2's avatar

It will be fascinating to see who Ken Holland hires as his assistant.

That guy will have the inside track to become the future Red Wings’ GM!

cool hmm

Posted by w2j2 on 04/27/13 at 08:37 PM ET

Hippy Dave's avatar

Sad to see him go, but I wish him the best.  He’s got his work cut out for him in Dallas.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 04/27/13 at 09:42 PM ET

ChowYunCat's avatar

Bring back Stevie.

Posted by ChowYunCat on 04/27/13 at 09:44 PM ET

SYF's avatar

I honestly don’t know much about Ryan Martin having a hockey career (I’m presuming he does), but he’s simply the best in the pro sports business in translating the complex language of the CBA…and esp. the current NHL CBA since it’s been drafted by the NHL-hating idiots at Proskauer Rose, Gary.Ass, and Donald and Steve Fehr.  Martin’s awesome, but I cannot see him taking over Nill’s spot and making draft choices on Draft Day as well as attending scouting meetings with national and international pro/am scouts.

McDonnell would be a helluva pick to succeed him.

Posted by SYF from The Revenge of Johnny E on 04/28/13 at 01:09 PM ET

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