Despite his Calgary connections, it doesn’t appear Joe Nieuwendyk will emerge as the next general manager of the Flames.
According to Hockey Central analyst and former Star Marty Turco, Nieuwendyk hasn’t been contacted by interim GM Brian Burke and is not interested in the job at this time.
The Stars granted Calgary permission to speak with Nieuwendyk earlier on Thursday after Jay Feaster was fired as GM of the Flames. Burke, who was hired as Calgary’s president of hockey operations in September, said Thursday the search for a new GM has already begun.
“I feel for us to take the next step, we’ll do it quicker and better with a change,” Burke said. “I did not come here to be the general manager. I am not going to be the general manager other than for a short time.
“We have received permission to interview one candidate already. We’ll seek permission to interview others today.”
Nieuwendyk served as Dallas’s GM from 2009 to 2013 but was let go by the team at the conclusion of last season. His contract with the Stars was set to expire this summer.
The Hall of Fame winger spent nine seasons in Calgary after being drafted 27th overall by the Flames in the 1985 NHL draft. Nieuwendyk ranks third in Flames franchise history with 314 goals (314) and fourth in points with 616.