Jim Nill has been around. The Dallas Stars GM won four Stanley Cups during his 19-year tenure with the Detroit Red Wings organization, and he has been the man in Dallas for six seasons to date. So when the opportunity came knocking on a variety of fronts July 1, the veteran exec was ready to pounce. His Stars came within a Game 7 double-overtime goal of knocking out the eventual champs from St. Louis in the second round. Now Dallas has the weapons to go all the way.
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