Jim Nill wants to win. He wants to win now, he wants to win in the future, he wants to win a few of the games this team has already lost. It consumes him.
But the first-year Stars GM understands that winning is a process. That’s what 20 years in Detroit taught him. He was there when the Red Wings were just trying to become a winner. He was there when they transitioned from the old guard to the new and kept winning. He was there when they overcame some of the same problems that dog every other franchise, and still found a way to keep their playoff streak going.
And that’s what he’s trying to build in Dallas. So while the team is hitting an icy patch at 1-7-1, Nill said he is trying to use the lessons he learned in Detroit by maintaining both calm and diligence at the same time.
I asked Nill some questions about potential trades and where the Stars sit in the standings, and he said that he and the front office prepare every day for potential trades, and that other NHL GMs are doing...