Dallas Stars GM Jim Nill is in agreement with the team of critics delivered on Friday by CEO Jim Lites, but not necessarily the way it was delivered.
"First of all, Jim's hacking message was dead. I think that this message had to come out," Nill said on Sunday, according to NHL.com. "We must all be better, from management to coaches to players, so far, we have to be better. Therefore, the message was correct.
"I've talked to Jim, I do not accept the language or the tone. It is emotional, it brings the star to the heart. It became emotional and understandable, so I do not condemn it. But the message that was sent to him and the address was dead and correct. I agree with all of this. "
Lites held headlines on Friday when he made an interview Athletic criticizing star players Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin for their little offensive numbers until the season.
"They are [expletive] [expletive]I do not know how to put it, "Lites said." These guys were signed to big contracts because they were the top scorers of the third and sixth National Hockey League for the last five years. They get their money, we hope that not all games in which we play will be deleted. And if they were as good as in the past, we would not have this conversation. "
Nill tried to stay positive when it was said on Sunday, and noted that the team has been defensively good despite the disappearance of many regulars on the blue line, including John Klingberg, due to injuries. But he also added that the stars have great expectations for the season, and the record of 20-16-3, which is currently in the second position of the wild card at the western conference, is simply not good enough.
"Why was this done? We have 40 games. Last year we were in this place, our goals were affected and the playoffs cost us. We're not going to let it slip this year," he said Nill.
"This is Tyler Seguin, since we feel today, it's the fiftieth in the league in the scoreboard and Jamie Benn is the 78th. And I've spoken to them. They know that. We've talked. They know they should be Better, "adds Nill. "Where would it be if they were in the first 30 to score? We would have two, three and four more victories? I would not be here right here. This is part of their improvement. They are the leaders of the team. We are looking for They will drive us. With the rest of the team, they have to improve. "
After posting the comments, the stars formed a solid 5-1 on Detroit Red Wings on Saturday. Nill sees that winning as a sign of good things to come, and is not worried about any negative consequences of Lites' public criticism.
"This is not the end of the world. We are in a good place. Let's catch more," said Nill. "No complacency. We have great expectations, that everyone does in this league. Do not let it slip."