NHL Notes: Stars fire GM Joe Nieuwendyk

NHL Notes: Stars fire GM Joe Nieuwendyk
April 28, 2013, 3:00 pm
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Joe Nieuwendyk was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy with the Stars in 1999, making him the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs. (USA Today Images)

DALLAS -- 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." (See full story).


Avalanche fire coach Sacco
DENVER -- The Colorado Avalanche have fired coach Joe Sacco a day after the team missed the playoffs for the third straight season.

General manager Greg Sherman says in a news release Sunday the "organization believes a change of leadership behind the bench is needed going forward."

Colorado never got on track in the lockout-shortened season and finished last in the Western Conference.

Sacco was hired in 2009 after coaching in the minors. He preached an up-tempo style and it served the youthful Avalanche well in his first season as the team earned a postseason spot. But the team couldn't duplicate that success.

Sacco will lead the U.S. squad at the world championships later this week. Sacco will even take several Avalanche players with him, including Paul Stastny and Erik Johnson. (See full story).

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