Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

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Would it be fair to say that Dallas is closer to winning? “I would say that the No. 1 reason was Jim Nill,” he answered. “In our two interviews, he was very confident how to build, how to continue, what he has and where they are going. That was my first question, what are your expectations? He said they want to win, are at the peak of our window for next two-to-five years. It was matter-of-fact, not selling, but what he believes. He’s elite at what he does, no BS, here’s what we are doing and where we are going. That’s the way I am wired, not cliché lines. If we lose a game, I’m going to explain why. Everybody deserves to know why we lose.”

He made so many calls to learn about Nill and the Stars that it led to the leaks about his hiring. What did he learn? “The most important relationship you have is with your GM … you’ve got to be on the same page. They told me I wouldn’t find a better person. Every organization has warts, but if you have good ownership and a good GM, you will do well. Dallas has that.”

20. Montgomery has a very interesting seven-step “process” that he pushed to be successful at the University of Denver. (More information here.) They are: 50 hits in a game; win 60 per cent of faceoffs; give up three or less odd-man rushes; commit to blocking shots; win the special-teams battle; win the net-front battle; take zero undisciplined penalties.

“A couple of those won’t be necessary. I will probably have four mainstays and rotate the others. If you’re not committed to blocking shots, you shouldn’t be in the league. Fifty hits? That’s crazy, never in the NHL. Besides, it’s more about being in the right position, making sure your opponent can’t go through you to get to the net. But three or less odd-man rushes, win the special teams and win net-front? Those matter.” (The regular-season high for hits this season was 45, by Montreal against Carolina.)

21. How much video of the Stars had he watched before getting hired? “I was making calls more than watching games. People I respect, I was asking them, ‘What do they have and what are they are missing?’ The answer was, ‘What they have you can’t coach, what they are missing, you can.’ I’m confident we can have a successful run.”

So, what does it mean to say, “What they are missing, you can (coach)?”

“It’s not Xs and Os,” Montgomery answered. “You look at the structure Ken Hitchcock put in. They were (tied for sixth) in goals against. They have that. Every coach has ways of creating a culture, an awareness of how to become an elite team.”

What are some of his? “The most important part of coaching is that the homework starts right after a game. The next day, when we review the game … I’ve never had a problem admitting mistakes I’ve made, whether it is game planning, bench management, controlling emotions with refs, analyzing how I might have done better. When coaches are not going right at you, ‘You did this, you did that,’ it helps a group understands they are in it together.”

That’s not to say Montgomery will be a soft touch. He had lunch last week with captain Jamie Benn. “I told him to be himself, not do things because I say so, but because he is compelled to buy in. Great captains think team first, and that’s why they are captains. If your best players are the hardest on themselves, the most accountable, everybody else falls in line. If I can be hard on Benn in the first, I can be hard on everyone the rest of the game. The right leaders want to be held accountable.”

22. Who paid for lunch? “I did,” Montgomery laughed. “But that’s the last time, because I know what he makes.”

I was curious about Spezza, who went through a hard year. “I told him, ‘I like to play with the puck, and you like to play with the puck. Whatever happened last year or the last two years, you’ve had a great career, and I expect you to be at that level.’ Fire in someone’s belly is an incredible motivator, and we’ll see the best version of Jason Spezza we’ve seen in awhile.”

24. Sounds like one of Dallas’ other interviewees was its AHL coach, Derek Laxdal.

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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

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Kyle Dubas is 32 1/2 years old. Wee!

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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

Postby ScubaSteve » Fri May 11, 2018 7:08 pm

People I respect, I was asking them, ‘What do they have and what are they are missing?’ The answer was, ‘What they have you can’t coach, what they are missing, you can.’


Shows what the rest of the league thinks of Hitch.
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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

Postby wonko80 » Fri May 11, 2018 8:16 pm

I take it to mean Hitch is great about X's and O's but sucks at motivation, which I can totally see.

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He is the one coach I wanted to keep. I thought he did a solid job with the d-corps.
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Postby slaps » Fri May 18, 2018 3:53 pm

Dammit, I liked Wilson.

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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

Postby wonko80 » Fri May 18, 2018 4:57 pm

What if Wilson was the one who like Pateryn over Honka?

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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

Postby ToddM » Fri May 18, 2018 5:25 pm

Wilson's been on the clock for a lot of d-man misses here.

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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

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How does he have 18 years with the organization? Was he in Minnesota?
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ScubaSteve wrote:How does he have 18 years with the organization? Was he in Minnesota?


I counted 16 including last season and the last season in Minnesota.

He coached from 1992-2008 and again in 17-18.

EDIT: Wikipedia entry is wrong. He coached from 1992-2009 and 17-18. That's 18 seasons.
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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

Postby ScubaSteve » Fri May 18, 2018 8:58 pm

Oh, I had forgotten that he was retained when Tippett was hired.
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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

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Postby SaintAngerBH » Tue May 22, 2018 12:44 am

That was stupid.
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Postby ToddM » Tue May 22, 2018 2:25 am

Not if you look at the rosters.

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I was kidding. I forgot the emoji. haha
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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

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Stars are one of the teams.

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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

Postby Knives Out » Wed May 23, 2018 12:37 pm

OH SNAP! He was my first choice so that would be fanfuckingtastic!

Also, why couldn't it have been Curt Fraser who retired instead? :(
That Hanzal's so hurt right now.

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Postby SaintAngerBH » Wed May 23, 2018 1:11 pm

Why is Curt Fraser even still around? He joined during the Gulutzan era, didn't he?
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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

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• Rikard Gronborg, who led Sweden to gold at the World Championships, will have interest. He’s expressed a desire to move back to North America, where he played at NCAA St. Cloud State. Buffalo, Dallas and the Rangers all make sense as a possibility for him.

• The Athletic’s Craig Custance has reported Dallas, Detroit and St. Louis have interest in Todd Nelson from AHL Grand Rapids. Nelson has power-play expertise, and all three teams need help. The Stars were 19th, the Red Wings 24th and the Blues 30th this year.

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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

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Postby ScubaSteve » Wed May 30, 2018 11:43 am

http://www.mlive.com/griffins/index.ssf ... d_nel.html

I guess we are hiring the Grand Rapids AHL guy as an assistant. Cool?
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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

Postby The Frugal Gourmet » Wed May 30, 2018 12:13 pm

Guys named Todd are the worst.

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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

Postby wonko80 » Wed May 30, 2018 12:21 pm

Hey, not a retread and having a history of coaching winning teams seems like a good thing to me. Outside of being named Todd of course.

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Postby slaps » Wed May 30, 2018 1:04 pm

*f-bomb* Todd.

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Postby slaps » Wed May 30, 2018 1:05 pm

But if that's true, that's pretty cool. I like the idea of having some fresh voices. It may backfire spectacularly, but at least its different and what people were asking for.

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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

Postby ToddM » Wed May 30, 2018 1:52 pm

Awesome.

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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

Postby Knives Out » Wed May 30, 2018 2:52 pm

*f-bomb* YEAH!
That Hanzal's so hurt right now.

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Re: Stars to hire Jim Montgomery.

Postby B Kat » Wed May 30, 2018 2:55 pm

One more reason for my Red Wing friends to love me. I wonder why he didn’t become an assistant with Detroit.

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