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by George Malik on 04/13/12 at 12:32 AM ET
This one should be filed in the, “No fooling” department, from ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:
You can add Jim Nill to the long list of names the Montreal Canadiens are compiling in their GM search.
A source told ESPN.com that the Habs contacted the Detroit Red Wings regarding Nill, their well-respected assistant GM. In the past, the Wings have always said “No” to any team calling about him. Given Detroit’s history of not allowing teams to speak with Nill, I don’t think he’s going anywhere. I’m fairly confident he’s staying in Detroit.
Update: The Fourth Period is playing devil’s advocate about this, but let’s be honest: Nill’s paid like a GM and has many of a GM’s responsibilities while riding shotgun with Holland in Detroit, running the draft and helming the Grand Rapids Griffins’ personnel decisions, he’s settled in the area, the Wings have that non-compete clause, and quite frankly, he isn’t Francophone. I don’t see the Canadiens nabbing anyone who doesn’t have a command of French after the Cunneyworth fallout.
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