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Nill: Everybody knows risk with 'Russian factor'

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07:19 AM ET 07.26 | Longtime Detroit assistant GM Jim Nill knew when he took the job in Dallas he'd have the chance to rebuild the Stars franchise. [Nill] didn't know then that a potential franchise player would eventually fall into his lap when the Stars selected the 10th pick in the draft. ... After concerns over his KHL contract likely compelled some teams to pass on him at the draft, the Stars snapped up the 202-pound [Valeri Nichushkin]. They now plan on giving him every chance to crack the team's roster. "We were excited. I think it's no secret, everybody had him as one of the top three players in the draft," Nill said. "If he was playing [Canadian junior hockey] somewhere in Moose Jaw or Peterborough, he probably would have been a top-three pick. There is risk with the Russian factor, everybody knows that. Where we were picking, he was a player we couldn't pass on. There was just too much there."

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July 26, 2013  08:14 AM ET

Nill, hope you are right, and that he prefers brisket to borscht

July 26, 2013  08:38 AM ET

Nice jersey.

July 26, 2013  09:08 AM ET

Nill: Everybody knows risk with 'Russian factor'

Yep, Jim knows he could get 'facted'.

July 26, 2013  09:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Nice jersey.

not sure yet...I like that it's almost the olde "North Stars" green though

July 26, 2013  09:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Nice jersey.

The Devil Rays should sue the Stars for stealing their color scheme.

July 26, 2013  09:35 AM ET

"If he was playing [Canadian junior hockey] somewhere in Moose Jaw or Peterborough, he probably would have been a top-three pick.

But ... he didn't. Therefore, this kid has no clue how tough the NHL schedule and competition are.

July 26, 2013  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

not sure yet...I like that it's almost the olde "North Stars" green though

No closer than the GB Packers unis ------------>

The Starts new unis are hideous. Simply hideous.

July 26, 2013  09:57 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

The Starts new unis are hideous. Simply hideous.

I share your sentiments. Truly hideous!

July 26, 2013  10:13 AM ET

Nill: Everybody knows risk with Russian factor.



My Russian factor in Risk always involved Kamchatka...

July 26, 2013  10:24 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Nill: Everybody knows risk with Russian factor.My Russian factor in Risk always involved Kamchatka...

Be careful GB, Sarah can see you.

July 26, 2013  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Be careful GB, Sarah can see you.

As long as she doesn't speak I'll be fine...

July 26, 2013  10:39 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Nill: Everybody knows risk with Russian factor.My Russian factor in Risk always involved Kamchatka...

Seriously. Who ever heard of "Yakutsk" and "Irkutsk" before Risk came out?

July 26, 2013  10:48 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

As long as she doesn't speak I'll be fine...

But it's so much fun....

"He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed." --Sarah Palin, botching the history of Paul Revere,s midnight ride, June 3, 2011

July 26, 2013  10:49 AM ET
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Seriously. Who ever heard of "Yakutsk" and "Irkutsk" before Risk came out?

Have you ever noticed that Kamchatka looks a lot like Florida?

July 26, 2013  10:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Have you ever noticed that Kamchatka looks a lot like Florida?

It's full of old french Canadians?

July 26, 2013  10:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

But it's so much fun...."He who warned, uh, the British that they weren't gonna be takin' away our arms, uh, by ringing those bells, and um, makin' sure as he's riding his horse through town to send those warning shots and bells that we were going to be sure and we were going to be free, and we were going to be armed." --Sarah Palin, botching the history of Paul Revere,s midnight ride, June 3, 2011

Tina Fey could not believe her luck!

July 26, 2013  11:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#15):

It's full of old french Canadians?

POTD nominee #2

July 26, 2013  11:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Nill: Everybody knows risk with Russian factor.My Russian factor in Risk always involved Kamchatka...

Took a lot of effort... But once secured, a win usually followed.

July 26, 2013  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Nill, hope you are right, and that he prefers brisket to borscht

He'll come around...


They always do.

 
July 26, 2013  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Nill: Everybody knows risk with Russian factor.My Russian factor in Risk always involved Kamchatka...

I made a lot of stands in that country. Couldn't understand why they didn't use Canuckistan.

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