Assistant GM Nill to remain with team

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--Jim Nill's goal is to become an NHL general manager, and he was intrigued about the possibility of taking over a storied franchise like the Montreal Canadiens. But Nill, the Wings' assistant GM, passed on the chance, feeling the timing was not right, due to an illness in the family, he told Nill does not have an out clause in his contract this season, but the Canadiens called Wings owner Mike Ilitch and asked for permission to speak to him. Nill has been the team's assistant GM for 14 seasons and has spent 18 years in the Red Wings' front office. He runs the amateur scouting department and oversees the selections at the entry draft. He also oversees the development of the organization's prospects with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins, as well as those in the Canadian junior, European and college ranks.

--The Wings are proceeding with plans to build a new 18,000-seat downtown arena. The Sports Business Journal reported that the club has hired two architectural firms to design the new building. The Wings have been playing in Joe Louis Arena since 1979. It is the fourth-oldest arena in the NHL.

--Pavel Datsyuk's bid to become the cover athlete for the video game "NHL 13" by EA Sports ended in the quarterfinals, as the talented center lost to John Tavares of the Islanders in fan voting. Datsyuk was attempting to become the third Detroit athlete to be featured on the cover of a video game this year, joining the Tigers' Justin Verlander ("MLB 2K12") and the Lions' Calvin Johnson ("Madden NFL 13").

"He's got to take somebody's job away (to earn a spot on the roster). (The NHL) is a hard league to be good at when you're 21, unless you're a superstar. He's got to continue to mature as a player. He needs to come to camp and keep developing. He competes hard, has good hands. He needs to get quicker in terms of leg strength." -- Wings general manager Ken Holland, on forward prospect Tomas Tatar.

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