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by George Malik on 04/27/13 at 05:58 PM ET
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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