A few weeks after leaving one of his two former NHL teams, Bob Gainey is back with the other one.
Gainey, who recently left an advisory role with the Montreal Canadiens, is returning to the Dallas Stars as a senior adviser to general manager Joe Nieuwendyk
Gainey worked seven years as GM of the Canadiens before stepping down and assuming an advisory role under general manager Pierre Gauthier in 2010. Both were let go by the Canadiens on March 29 after the club failed to make the postseason.
"I have great faith in the vision Tom Gaglardi, Joe Nieuwendyk and Jim Lites have in rebuilding this franchise," Gainey said in a statement Thursday. "I'm looking forward to rejoining the organization, and lending my advice and guidance as we strive to get the Stars back on top."
Gainey led the Stars to the only Stanley Cup in franchise history as GM in 1999. He had joined the franchise as coach of the Minnesota North Stars in 1990 and became GM in 1992, one year before the team moved to Dallas.
The move reunites Gainey with Nieuwendyk, one of his biggest player acquisitions during his tenure with the Stars. Dallas acquired Nieuwendyk from Calgary in a trade that sent Jarome Iginla to the Flames. Nieuwendyk captured the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP in 1999 in the Stars' Stanley Cup win.
"I'm extremely pleased that we are adding a respected hockey man the caliber of Bob Gainey as a senior advisor to our staff," Nieuwendyk said. "His experience and wisdom in this business is second-to-none, and he'll be an incredible asset as we continue to build our team to championship levels."