The first domino of the NHL’s annual post-season blame game fell Sunday morning.
After four years at the helm of the Dallas Stars, Joe Nieuwendyk was relieved of his duties as general manager.
The team will introduce Detroit Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill as its next general manager Monday, according to reports.
“Joe Nieuwendyk has represented the Dallas Stars extremely well as the club’s general manager and has helped put pieces in place that will once again turn this team into a contender,” owner Tom Gaglardi told the team’s website.
“However, I believe it is time to take this organization in a different direction with our intentions set on returning to the elite of the National Hockey League. My commitment to the Dallas Stars is unwavering, and I am confident we have found the right general manager to return us to the pathway of success.”
Nieuwendyk guided the Stars to a 22-22-4 record this season as the club missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year. A three-time Staney Cup winner in his playing days, he was given the GM job in May 2009 and had one year left on his contract.
Nill joined the Red Wings front office in 1994. In the three years before that, he was a scout for the Ottawa Senators.