Rick Bowness has earned the chance to return as Dallas Stars coach, general manager Jim Nill said Saturday.

"We talked when he took the job over. We said, 'You know what? Let's get us through the regular season. Let's get through the playoffs, and we're going to sit down and talk,'" Nill told Sportsnet. "But he's earned it, and I hope that down the road he wants to be the head coach."

The Stars, who promoted Bowness Dec. 10, are one win from reaching the Stanley Cup Final after defeating the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 in Game 4 of the Western Conference Final on Saturday.

Nill three days ago said the sides would wait until the season was complete before addressing Bowness' status.

At 65, he's the oldest coach in the NHL.