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NHL: Dallas Stars extend general manager Jim Nill’s contract

FRISCO, Texas — The Dallas Stars have given general manager Jim Nill a one-year contract extension that will see him through the end of the 2023-24 season.

Nill will enter his 10th season with the Stars, and it was to be the last of the current contract, until the extension announced Tuesday.

The Stars have made the playoffs in three of the past four seasons and reached the Stanley Cup Grand Final two years ago.

“He transformed our club to put us in a position where we can compete with the best in the league every year,” Stars owner Tom Gaglardi said.

“Jim’s efficiency and commitment to the Stars has reverberated throughout our organization, and we’re excited to see that he will continue his work to build a championship-winning club.”

In Nill’s nine seasons, the Stars have an overall record of 356-259-84 and have made the playoffs five times.

“While we’ve made great strides towards our ultimate goal, I look forward to continuing my work to develop a winning culture that will eventually lead to this team and this city winning a championship,” said Nill.

In June, the Stars hired Peter DeBoer as head coach. DeBoer, who twice reached the Stanley Cup Finals in his first season at the helm of a new team (New Jersey Devils and San Jose Sharks) became the Stars’ fifth head coach since being named de Nill as CEO in April 2013.

DeBoer replaces Rick Bowness, who held the position on an interim basis when the Stars reached the Finals.

Initially, Nill relied on veteran head coaches like Lindy Ruff (2013-2017) and Ken Hitchcock (2017-2018), before hiring Jim Montgomery, from the University of Denver, for his first job as head coach in the NHL.

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Early in the 2019-20 season, Bowness took over from Montgomery when he was fired due to off-ice issues.

 

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