Brett Hull and Les Jackson combined their individual hockey knowledge to benefit the Dallas Stars this season. On Thursday, owner Tom Hicks thanked them in the best way possible.
Hull and Jackson each signed three-year contracts that will keep them as Stars co-general managers through the 2010-11 season.
The duo, who were hired as interim co-GMs following the firing of Doug Armstrong on Nov. 13, impressed Hicks with what they did in their short tenure this season. He first talked of negotiating with the two prior to Game 4 against Detroit last week.
“I think they’ve done a great job,” Hicks said last week. “Les is as knowledgeable a nuts-and-bolts guy as there is in the league. He’s thorough, knows players. Brett’s done exactly what I wanted him to do. He connected with the team, looks at things from a players perspective.”
Now the focus turns to head coach Dave Tippett. Hull said on Thursday he’d like Tippett’s deal to be on the same time line as the GMs, and that they’d like to get the deal done as soon as possible.
“It won’t be difficult to get done. I think it’s just about dotting I’s and crossing Ts,” Hull said. “I think it’s a good idea to get everyone on the same page, same time line.”
The Stars went 38-23-4 under Hull and Jackson, advancing to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000.