FRISCO, Texas -- Jim Nill had every reason to be a happy man Tuesday.
The Dallas Stars general manager started his day by acquiring veteran center Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators in a trade that cost him young forward Alex Chiasson and two prospects. He followed that move by signing veteran right wing Ales Hemsky, who showed late-season chemistry with Spezza after being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers, to a three-year contract reportedly worth $12 million.
Nill then signed backup goaltender Anders Lindback and added another veteran forward, Patrick Eaves, a player he knew well from his time with the Detroit Red Wings.
When Nill's day was done, he looked at the pieces he added and now sees a group of players who not only make the Stars more formidable on the ice but also bring a veteran presence to what he feels is already a great dressing room led by captain Jamie Benn.
"Something that I mentioned to both players [Hemsky and Spezza] that I keep mentioning to people when I talk is how good our dressing room is here in Dallas," said Nill, whose team qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2008, in his first season as GM. "I've been around some great dressing rooms with the Detroit Red Wings. This dressing room we have in Dallas, there's something special about it with our leadership starting with Jamie Benn, with our leadership in our coaching staff, with the young players, their determination, their expectations, their accountability. It's as good a dressing room as I've seen anywhere."