Gainey Won't Be With Stars Next Season…May Open Door For Other Organizations


Bob Gainey is exploring options both in and out of hockey, as his days with Dallas Stars are drawing to a near close…

Gainey has worked the past year as a consultant with Dallas after resigning from his post as vice-president of hockey operations and general manager last year.

He’s been with the Stars since he became coach in 1990 while the team was still in Minnesota.

His contract with the Stars expires at the end of June and he said it’s unlikely he’ll stay in the organization.

“I’ve been exploring different things both in and out of hockey since probably February, when I started to form some ideas and make some phone calls and poke around,” said Gainey, who was serving hot dogs at a fundraiser on Friday, to raise money for a 200-bed long-term care facility in Peterborough.

“I’ve been a year in semi-employment as a consultant and haven’t been involved day-to-day. I’ve been able to do a lot of things I wanted to do and some things I needed to do but I’d like to be busier come September.”

Gainey remains interested in pursuing NHL employment and is keeping coaching, management and organizational roles among his options, but he doesn’t expect a lot of openings with club’s preparing for the end of the collective bargaining agreement and a potential work stoppage next year.

“I think NHL things will normally happen between now and the end of June,” he said. “That wouldn’t completely close off that something might come around in the summer, but most of the positions whether it’s in management, the organization or coaching, whatever it might be, they usually try to fill before the draft.”

After 30 years of employment within hockey, Gainey said he’s willing to step away if opportunities arise outside the game.

“In Dallas, I have some relationships where I could be involved in from a business point of view and the same thing here. I have people here I do things with that could become more available. I don’t like to bring them up because I don’t want to include other people in the speculation of things.

“It’s nothing major and nothing big but it’s a question of me feeling that after a year of a laxer schedule, it would be better for me if I got a little more on-line and structured.”

Gainey said he’s not looking for a job outside of hockey as much as a project.

Experts Look: This could be one of the early signs of a huge champagne on Bob Gainey to be the next Toronto Maple Leaf GM.(He would be a pretty darn good one though)….


4 Responses to Gainey Won't Be With Stars Next Season…May Open Door For Other Organizations

  1. JeffBurnz09 says:

    I’d hate to see him go, but he hasnt really had much to do with the team lately. He put the team together that won the cup in 1999, so I’ll always thank him for that. I don’t see why he had to step down as GM. He was still doing a good job. The poor moves he made in 2001 were moves that Hitchcock wanted him to make. Gainey brought in Hull, Belfour, kept Hatcher and Modano, and added the surrounding cast that made Dallas a top team in the NHL.

    Armstrong had done well so far, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know adding Bill Guerin and Scott Young to your team is a good thing to do.

    I think Bob should go to Toronto to either coach or be GM, but I’m sure fat pat quinn won’t stand for that. Replacing an average coach and not so great GM with a proven winner is just the kind of smart move that Toronto frowns upon. Actually, if Gainey went to Tornoto, they’d probably put him on the ice on a line with Gilmour and Roberts! Can’t go wrong with all veterans, all the time! Cause god knows if you were ever good, at any point in time, no matter how long ago, your just the player Toronto needs!

  2. mikster says:

    Got to give him credit hiring Tippet.

  3. MapleLeafs says:

    I agree that Bob Gainey would be a nice fit as GM so this way Quinn could focus on coaching the Leafs.


  4. WeStSiDe says:

    I dont know if Quinn coaching Toronto is best right now. His philosphy may not work in todays game, besides, it is a bit rocky in Toronto right now with Quinn, with the players as well. It may be best they part ways, or he stay on as GM if need be. It isnt a matter of Quinn being a bad coach, but his style may not be best right now.

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