Stars turn over GM duties to Nill

The Dallas Stars announced Monday that Jim Nill has been named the 11th general manager in franchise history.

The move came one day after the Stars fired Joe Nieuwendyk after four seasons at the helm.

Nill spent the past 15 years as assistant general manager in Detroit and 19 years overall in the Red Wings' front office. He inherits a team that has missed the playoffs five straight years.

"Jim Nill, along with Ken Holland, has been at the core of the Detroit Red Wings front office for nearly two decades and we are extremely excited to secure him as our new general manager," Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said in a statement. "Jim's record in Detroit speaks for itself, contributing to four Stanley Cup championships, as well as drafting and developing some of the league's best players.

"Jim is universally respected throughout the hockey world and we are very fortunate to have him as our general manager. We are confident that his leadership, expertise, work ethic and direction will position the club for consistent success once again."

The 55-year-old Nill's responsibilities with Detroit included directing the amateur scouting department, overseeing all draft selections and managing the development of those prospects at both the professional and amateur levels.

The Alberta native played 524 NHL games with St. Louis, Vancouver, Boston, Winnipeg and Detroit from 1981-90. He collected 58 goals and 87 assists.