Stars Fire General Manager Nieuwendyk as NHL Season Concludes

The Dallas Stars fired General Manager Jim Nieuwendyk after the team missed the National Hockey League playoffs for a fifth straight year, while the Colorado Avalanche dismissed coach Joe Sacco.

The Stars will introduce Nieuwendyk’s successor during a news conference today at American Airlines Center in Dallas, the team said in a statement on its website. Detroit Red Wings Assistant General Manager Jim Nill will succeed Nieuwendyk, the Detroit Free Press and ESPN reported.

“It’s time to take this organization in a different direction with our intentions set on returning to the elite of the National Hockey League,” Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said in the team’s statement. “I’m confident we have found the right general manager to return us to the pathway of success.”

Dallas lost 3-0 to the Red Wings two days ago to finish the season in last place in the Western Conference’s Pacific division with a 22-22-4 record for 48 points.

The victory extended the Red Wings’ run of postseason appearances to 22 straight years.

Nieuwendyk became the Stars’ general manager in May 2009.

Sacco was fired by the Avalanche after they finished with the worst record in the Western Conference and the second-worst mark in the NHL at 16-25-7. Sacco had a 130-134-30 record since taking on his first NHL head coaching job in 2009.

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