Stars reportedly set to name Denver coach Montgomery as Hitchcock's successor

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With AP Photos.A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that the Dallas Stars will hire the University of Denver's Jim Montgomery to be their new head coach.

According to Francois Ganon of RDS, the two sides are expected to agree to a deal, perhaps as soon as the end of the week.

Montgomery had been the head coach at the University of Denver since 2013. He retired from playing in 2005 and became an assistant coach with Notre Dame for the 2005-06 season.

Montgomery had two interviews with the Florida Panthers before they hired Bob Boughner and spoke with the Los Angeles Kings prior to them hiring John Stevens past year, according to the Denver Post. The Post reports he was also offered an assitant coach role by the Los Angeles Kings past year, but turned it down.

According to reports from TSN's Bob McKenzie and Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman, and first reported by SBN College Hockey's Chris Dilks, Montgomery is set to be announced as the Dallas Stars' newest bench boss at some point this week.

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Montgomery has had success everywhere he has coached.

In 2010, Montgomery went to the USHL to be the head coach for the then-expansion Dubuque Fighting Saints. Jim Montgomery is the right guy to create one.

This perfectly fits the Stars, who need a coach who can adapt to the modern day National Hockey League. Hitchcock has coached the fourth-most games (1,536), behind Bowman (2,141), Quenneville (1,621) and Al Arbour (1,607). Neither could former Stars head coach Lindy Ruff. He also had a hand in the development of several young NHLers, including Troy Terry, Henrik Borgstrom, Will Butcher and Danton Heinen.

Montgomery should help the Stars build something special. He also played another 200 games spread across the IHL, UHL and German and Russian Leagues.

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