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Nieuwendyk returns to Stars as GM

Updated: June 1, 2009, 7:32 PM ET
Associated Press

DALLAS -- About 10 days after Texan Tom Hicks bought the Dallas Stars, he showed some hockey smarts by giving up prospects and a big contract to land Joe Nieuwendyk.

It was a great investment. The Stars won the Presidents Trophy in Nieuwendyk's first full season, won the Stanley Cup the next year, then went right back to the finals. Nieuwendyk even won the Conn Smythe Award as playoff MVP the year of Dallas' title, the first in franchise history.

Then the Stars traded Nieuwendyk in ...

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