Joe Nieuwendyk 'laying low' since firing

Former Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk has kept a low profile since his dismissal last spring.

Wonder what he has been up to? Well, he’s still in Dallas.

"I’m just laying low, you know?," the Hockey Hall of Famer told ESPN.com Friday on the phone from Dallas.

"I’m helping out with my son’s hockey team, keeping a close eye on what’s going on in hockey, but I’m just settling in here right now. The break has been nice."

Nieuwendyk never really did take time for himself, jumping right into the Florida Panthers front office following his All-Star playing career. His firing as Stars GM is behind him now.

"I don’t really have any regrets. I enjoyed the job," Nieuwendyk said. "I was involved with pro hockey for 27 years and now I’m taking a little time off, which is not entirely bad. I’m re-connecting with my kids and that part has really been fun."

The Nieuwendyk clan counts a 12-year-old girl, an 11-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl.

"These are important years," Nieuwendyk said of his young family.

Would he go back to an NHL job?

"Under the right circumstances, certainly I’d look at it for sure," Nieuwendyk said.

But his family will obviously be an important factor in whatever he decides to do.