"Joe Nieuwendyk has represented the Dallas Stars extremely well as the club's General Manager and has helped put pieces in place that will once again turn this team into a contender," said Stars Owner and Governor Tom Gaglardi. "I would like to thank Joe for his contributions to this hockey club and wish him and his family only the best in the future.
"However, I believe it is time to take this organization in a different direction with our intentions set on returning to the elite of the National Hockey League. My commitment to the Dallas Stars is unwavering, and I am confident we have found the right General Manager to return us to the pathway of success."
Nieuwendyk's contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2013-14 season. He was named the 10th GM in Stars franchise history on May 31, 2009.
The former Stars player returned to Dallas as GM from the Toronto Maple Leafs, where he served as Special Assistant to the GM in 2008-09. Prior to joining the Leafs and after his 2006 retirement, Nieuwendyk worked as a special consultant to the GM with the Florida Panthers. As Assistant GM, he also helped lead Team Canada at the 2009 IIHF World Hockey Championship when the team won a silver medal.
A veteran of 20 seasons as a player in the NHL, Nieuwendyk played seven with the Dallas Stars (1995-2002). He won the Stanley Cup for three different teams, in three different decades (Calgary in 1989, Dallas in 1999, New Jersey in 2003). Nieuwendyk was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Stanley Cup Playoffs most valuable player in 1999 when he led Dallas in post-season scoring on their way to winning the Stanley Cup.