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02:58 PM ET 05.28 | The Dallas Stars remain without a coach, which is fine, because newly-hired general manager Jim Nill is playing the waiting game. A game they may have just found him a new candidate. Alain Vigneault was just fired by the Canucks last Tuesday, making him an immediate candidate for any coaching vacancy in the National Hockey League, including the Stars. In fact, Vigneault and Nill have a history, as they played together with the St. Louis Blues in the early 80's. They also both worked in the Ottawa Senators organization in the early 90's, though Nill was in a scouting role while Vigneault was an assistant coach. For Nill, it's all about making sure you do all the work. ???I think that???s the key with every job you are trying to fill, whether that???s front office or coaching,?????? Nill said. ???You have to do your homework, you have to take your time, and you have to really understand the personality and the chemistry of the situation. You have to make sure you find the people who fit together.???There???s a right way to do these things, and I want to do things the right way.?????? As far as perhaps hiring someone he knows goes, "I think that???s always going to play a role in any hiring you do,?????? said Nill. ???You???re always going to be more comfortable with someone you know.?????? Despite having the playoffs within their grasp just days before the season ended, Dallas finished 2012-13 11th place in the Western Conference.

Dallas Morning News

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May 28, 2013  03:02 PM ET

move along....nothing to see here (yet)

May 28, 2013  03:04 PM ET

Otis would have to take a big paycut so they are probably looking at 2nd & 3rd options here

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May 28, 2013  03:15 PM ET

Vigneault and Nill have a history...



Is there enough talent in Dallas to bring someone like Alain in behind the bench?

May 28, 2013  03:27 PM ET

I think Rotten Ronnie is available !

May 28, 2013  03:53 PM ET
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I think Rotten Ronnie is available !

And he will remain so.

May 28, 2013  04:58 PM ET

Round, round, get around, I get around.....

May 28, 2013  04:58 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

move along....nothing to see here (yet)

+100

May 28, 2013  05:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Vigneault and Nill have a history...Is there enough talent in Dallas to bring someone like Alain in behind the bench?

Vigneault from Vancouver to Dallas?It'll work. Glucosamine (spelling) from Dallas to Vancouver? Not so sure. The ... ahem ... "mature" players in Vancouver might not take kindly to the young pup telling them what to do.

May 28, 2013  07:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Vigneault and Nill have a history...Is there enough talent in Dallas to bring someone like Alain in behind the bench?

Elaine's chances of going to Dallas are slim and Nill.

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May 28, 2013  08:25 PM ET

I hear Burkie's lookin".

May 28, 2013  08:37 PM ET

Anyone that isn't named Bush. Or Sutter


Dale Hunter would be a real coup. So would Bryan Trottier, or Larry Robinson, or Papa Nolan.

May 28, 2013  10:04 PM ET
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Anyone that isn't named Bush.

Or Demers

 
May 29, 2013  09:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Anyone that isn't named Bush. Or SutterDale Hunter would be a real coup. So would Bryan Trottier, or Larry Robinson, or Papa Nolan.

How about John Brophy? Or .... Pat Quinn? Ummmm .... forget about Pat. He's already done the Vancouver thing. Who else is available that's never coached the Canucks?

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