BaD Radio: Do you use speakerphones to make all of these calls?
Nill: Use cell phones.
All voice calls.
How does it get done?
Nothing is done until it is filed with the league.
Four trades. How should Stars fans feel?
Disappointed with the season. Did a good job of accumulating assets to make further moves down the road.
Montreal wanted Jordie Benn. They pushed us on it and found a price that worked for Nill. The Benn brothers were fine with it. Time for Jordie to go out on his own.
Did you run it by them beforehand?
No. I had a good feel for where things are at. Moving forward it was the best thing, and they agreed.
Were you worried about Jamie Benn being pissed?
Benn is a pro and a leader and he’s professional about it. He’s happy for his brother.
Added some minor league developmental players. Any thoughts on them?
Dillon Heatherington was a second round pick. Second year pro. Played for Canada World Jrs. Big body. Greg Pateyrn is a right shot. I saw him play at Michigan. Just adding assets.
How does the expansion draft factor in?
Some decisions were based on the expansion draft, so we made some moves based on not wanting to lose a player for nothing. It weighs heavily. [Must mean Jordie]
Calling up any kids?
Eventually will. None of them getting called up would have to be protected in the expansion draft.
What up with Sharp?
Sharp has an injury. We’re going to monitor it. He will eventually need season ending surgery.
What do you hope to accomplish down the stretch?
We’re not out of it yet. Still only seven points out. Hope to keep winning and getting better. Great opportunity for younger players. Their play will affect moves over the summer.
Do you like the 8 D thing?
In the end, we needed them all. We had to use them as we anticipated. Have to have bodies. The tight schedule weighs in.
Ruff back next season?
We will analyze everything and make that final decision after the season is over.
Historically bad penalty killing. How did that happen?
We see the problem. We have great coaches. They’ve tried everything. It’s been a combination of things. Goaltending save percentage five on five is top six, but penalty killing is the bottom. Is it the goaltending or defense? I think it’s a combination.
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