"Developed A Culture Of Excellence": Dallas Stars Extend GM

"Jim has done tremendous work in his nine years since joining the Stars, having developed a culture of excellence within our organization that has translated to success on the ice." With that, Dallas Stars owner Tom Gaglardi announced that the team has rewarded general manager Jim Nill with a one-year contract extension. 

"He's re-shaped our club to put us in a position to compete with the league's best each and every season," continued Gaglardi. The deal keeps Nill in Dallas through the 2023-24 season.

The 64-year-old has overseen a 356-259-84 record for the Stars in his nine seasons with the club, including a Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2020. 

The Stars had missed the playoffs for five straight years when Nill took over in 2013-14. He made some key acquisitions to begin the turnaround, including Tyler Seguin, Jason Spezza and Patrick Sharp.

He followed that up by bringing in the likes of Ben Bishop, Alexander Radulov, Anton Khudobin and Joe Pavelski, which helped vault the team to its first appearance in the Finals in nearly 20 years. 

Nill has been a finalist for GM of the Year twice, in 2015-16, and again in 2019-20.

The Stars finished last season with a 46-30-6 record, good for 4th place in the Central Division, before bowing out in a tough 7-game first-round series against the Calgary Flames. 

"While we have made some big strides toward our ultimate goal," said Nill, "I am eager to continue my work in developing a winning culture that ultimately brings this team and this city a championship."

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