Stars make Bob Gainey consultant

The Dallas Stars have hired former general manager Bob Gainey as a consultant, the team announced Thursday.

"I'm a big fan," Stars president and CEO Jim Lites said. "We're excited because of what Bob brings to this market, to this team and to the needs we've identified collectively. I just think he is going to be great."

Gainey, who won five Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens as a player, joined the Stars franchise as head coach in 1990 and became GM in 1992. He stepped down as coach in 1996, but kept the GM title through 2002. He was the GM when the Stars won the Stanley Cup in 1999.

"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," GM Joe Nieuwendyk said in a statement.

Gainey also served as Montreal's GM from 2003 to 2010 and had been a consultant with the Canadiens until just recently. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992.

Lites said Gainey, 58, could consult on a variety issues throughout the organization, especially as an extra voice for Nieuwendyk.

"He's actually offered to help in any way he can," Lites said. "But's he's really going to be a senior adviser guy on issues like, not so much who should we hire as opposed to do we need to hire anybody? How do you want to grow? How do we make ourselves bigger and better? Do we need more experience in a particular place? Do we need a more experienced guy in Cedar Park and who should those candidates be?

"At the end of the day those decisions will be made by Joe, but Joe will enjoy, I think, a deeper, richer voice. And Joe has been real supportive. Joe has good chemistry with Bob."

Lites added that the hiring of Gainey is another sign that owner Tom Gaglardi is willing to do what it takes to get the franchise on the right track.

"The market will appreciate that Tom Gaglardi is saying, 'I am going to make us better,' " Lites said. "You don't get Bob Gainey for $10."