Despite still not getting a contract extension, Dallas Stars general manager Jim Nill still isn’t eyeing retirement.
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That’s what he said Wednesday at head coach Peter DeBoer’s introductory press conference.
“My job is to worry about the present moment and the future of the franchise,” said Nill, whose remarks were translated by the French-language site of the National Hockey League (NHL). So I’m working on a succession plan for Tom [Gaglardi, le propriétaire] which will be completed in three, four, five or six years. […] I’ll be the GM here for a few more years, but that’s what we’re working on right now.”
The GM was hired by the Stars in 2013. Since then, his team has made the playoffs five times in nine campaigns. She also reached the Stanley Cup final in 2019-2020.
This season, the Dallas club took fourth place in the Central Division and was eliminated in the first round of the playoffs against the Calgary Flames.
A busy summer
Nill also discussed his short-term plan, which he believes will be a busy offseason.
“I think there’s going to be a lot of movement in the market this year,” he said. What’s available? I would say there are probably 26 teams that end up in the same position [au point de vue du plafond salarial].”
“We made an offer to [Michael] Raffl, but we still haven’t gotten an answer, the GM also said. We are in negotiations, we have spoken to the agents of [Jason] Robertson and [Jake] Oettinger.”
Raffl could become free as air on July 13, while the other two are restricted free agents. Nill also left the door open for defenseman John Klingberg to return as an unrestricted free agent.