Brett Hull and Les Jackson are out as co-general managers of the Dallas Stars, and in their place is another former star player, Joe Nieuwendyk.

The surprising change was announced yesterday. Nieuwendyk had been the special assistant to the general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 1999, he was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy when Dallas won its first and only Stanley Cup title, the series-winning goal coming from Hull.

The duo are remaining on the payroll in "positions that focus on their respective strengths," according to a news release.

Ratings dip

Television ratings for Game 1 of the Red Wings-Penguins Stanley Cup Finals rematch were down from last year.

The NBC telecast of the opener won by Detroit drew a 2.6 rating and a 5 share. That compares with a four-game NBC average of 3.2 and 6 a year ago.

The first Finals game on NBC last year - a Pittsburgh win in Game 3 - earned a 2.8 national rating.

The rating is the percentage watching a program in homes with televisions, and the share is the percentage tuned in to the program in households with TVs on at the time.

- Associated Press