Hiring Crawford a big mistake for Stars

Updated: June 11, 2009, 1:45 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

DETROIT -- Maybe Dallas Stars owner Tom Hicks instructed rookie GM Joe Nieuwendyk to fire coach Dave Tippett to clear the decks in Big D.

Maybe Nieuwendyk did it on his own to flex his newfound GM muscles.

Maybe his former boss in Toronto, GM Brian Burke, and longtime Burke associate Dave Nonis, now the assistant GM in Toronto, whispered in Nieuwendyk's ear about the virtues of their old Vancouver pal and former coach Marc Crawford.

Who knows.

But ...

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