The Dallas Stars fired general manager Joe Nieuwendyk on Sunday after four seasons, two coaches and no playoff appearances.
The dismissal came the day after Dallas completed a 22-22-4 season. The Stars missed the playoffs for the fifth season in a row.
Owner Tom Gaglardi said in a statement that Nieuwendyk represented the Stars ''extremely well'' and ''helped put pieces in place that will once again turn this team into a contender.'' He added, however, the team must go ''in a different direction with our intentions set on returning to the elite'' of the NHL.
The team is to announce its new GM on Monday. While the Stars have not said who it is, Gaglardi is ''confident we have found the right general manager to return us to the pathway of success.''
The team has refused to comment on reports that Jim Nill, Detroit's longtime assistant GM, will get the job.
The future of coach Glen Gulutzan wasn't addressed by the team in its statement. Dallas holds an option for a third season fo...