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Jim Montgomery, Bruins Agree to Contract as Boston's New HC




The Boston Bruins have finally found their replacement for Bruce Cassidy.


Boston is hiring former Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery as its next bench boss, according to Joe McDonald of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The deal is expected to be in the neighborhood of three years and $2 million annually, per ESPN's Kevin Weekes.

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Boston Bruins hire Jim Montgomery as new head coach


The Boston Bruins have named Jim Montgomery as their new head coach, it was announced Friday.


The appointment was made official Friday, the same day Montgomery's contract as an assistant coach with the St. Louis Blues expired.


"Jim has a winning history, and throughout the interview process he conveyed his ability to connect with all types of players while also demanding that his teams play with structure," Bruins general manager Don Sweeney said in a statement. "We are excited for Jim to begin to make his imprint on our team."


The 53-year-old Montgomery replaces Bruce Cassidy, who was fired by the Bruins on June 7 after six seasons behind the bench. Cassidy has since been named head coach of the Vegas Golden Knights.

The Boston gig is Montgomery's second NHL head-coaching job. He was hired by Dallas in May 2018 and immediately took the Stars back to the playoffs for the first time in three years. But Montgomery's tenure in Dallas didn't last long.


On Dec. 10, 2019, he was fired by the Stars for "unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League." General manager Jim Nill said there was a "material act of unprofessionalism" that led to Montgomery's firing, without elaborating further.


On Jan. 3, 2020, Montgomery announced that he was checking into rehab for alcohol abuse.

In September 2020, the Blues hired Montgomery to serve as an assistant under head coach Craig Berube. Montgomery was primarily involved in special teams, helping St. Louis to rank second overall (25.5%) on the power play and 10th (81.3%) on the penalty kill the past two seasons.


Montgomery was a player himself, appearing in 122 NHL games from 1993 to 2003 between the Blues, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks and Stars. He recorded nine goals and 34 points.

After hanging up his skates, Montgomery made several successful coaching stops prior to rejoining the NHL ranks.


He was head coach of the United States Hockey League's Dubuque Fighting Saints from 2010 to '13, guiding the club to league championships in 2010-11 and 2012-13.


In 2013, Montgomery was named head coach at the University of Denver and led the Pioneers to a national championship in 2017. Montgomery was also voted the national coach of the year for the 2016-17 season.

Boston is coming off its sixth consecutive playoff appearance, which ended in a first-round loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.


Montgomery will be the 29th coach in the Original Six's franchise history.

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On 6/30/2022 at 8:58 PM, yave1964 said:

As our resident Stars fan what do you think of Montgomery?


He was the coach who was in charge to initiate the Stars' defense-first new identity after the Ruff era. He did ok, put the team back in the playoffs until the "one wrap-around goal away to beat the Stanley cup winner".


Expectations became higher and he was on the hot seat when the team started the next season 1-7-1. He had said he clearly identified the issue and that we will fix it, and he did: the Stars went something like 19-3-2 before going more stable and play for like .600.


Montgomery's abrupt dismissal was quite a shock because the team was going quite well, with some bumps. And when Bowness took over, these cracks went worse and they qualified for the playoffs thank to Covid because they were on a 10-game losing streak and were saved by the bell.


As opposite to Bowness, he was able to have a clear speech, a straight line, and didn't throw his players under the bus or reject any responsabilities on the other while trying to find excuses. It was his first experience in the league and he did good IMO. I'll give him a B during his tenure with the Stars.


As a coach relying on good defense structure, I'm curious how he will fit into the Bruins' system. I don't think it's a bad hire and he deserved another gig as head coach. I'm also glad he's not with the Blues anymore because seeing him on this bench was like a stone in my shoe.


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