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You can add Jim Nill to the long list of names the Montreal Canadiens are compiling in their GM search.
A source told ESPN.com that the Habs contacted the Detroit Red Wings regarding Nill, their well-respected assistant GM. In the past, the Wings have always said "No" to any team calling about him. Given Detroit's history of not allowing teams to speak with Nill, I don't think he's going anywhere. I'm fairly confident he's staying in Detroit.
The Habs, sources confirm, have also reached out to Chicago on assistant GM Marc Bergevin, to Tampa on assistant GM Julien BriseBois and Toronto about assistant GM Claude Loiselle. They have also contacted agent Pat Brisson.
And that's just the names we know about. The Canadiens are obviously leaving no stone unturned in their search.
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