The offseason upheaval in Dallas has already begun, as the Stars have reportedly decided to part ways with general manager Joe Nieuwendyk and hire Red Wings assistant general manager Jim Nill on Monday. Both Darren Dreger of TSN and Sportsnet's John Shannon confirmed the reports on Saturday.
According to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, Nill is one of the most respected front office men in the NHL. He's been with the Red Wings front office for 19 years and has spent 15 of those years as the assistant GM. He was offered the Montreal GM job last season but declined due to family reasons.
He'll be taking over a Stars team that has missed the playoffs for the last five seasons, a franchise record. Nieuwendyk has been the Stars' GM since 2009 and thus has overseen the team for four of those postseason-less years. According to Dreger, the Stars will make a decision on coach Glen Gulutzan's fate "at a later date." Gulutzan's contract expires after this season.