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The Stars bench boss made his first return to the University of Denver since leaving for the Stars’ head coaching position. Plus, the Stars take on Ken Hitchcock and the Oilers tonight, the Philadelphia Flyers make a rare mid-season GM firing, and more.

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Dallas Stars head coach Jim Montgomery took a walk down memory lane yesterday. In town for Saturday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche, Montgomery got a chance to visit the University of Denver, where he led the men’s hockey team to a national title in 2017:

“It’s always good when you’ve lived in a place and have had great memories,” he said. “You’ve won championships, and as a family, we’ve had babies here, and great, great friends.”

Montgomery left Denver to take on the Stars’ coaching gig, and has started his NHL career with a 12-10-2 record across 24 games. And he’s had to make a lot of adjustments since graduating from the NCAA:

“The time you have to prepare is the biggest difference,” Montgomery said. “It’s a new schedule and you’re busy all of the time. I’m not used to getting in at 2:30 in the morning like we do on flights, and you have to balance that. And it’s hard to balance that when you have four kids waking up having breakfast and you haven’t seen them in five days.”

You can read more in Mike Heika’s piece here.


More Stars News

The comment section isn’t nearly as intense, but Sean Shapiro also touched upon the Julius Honka situation yesterday:

Shapiro also sat down with Stars General Manager Jim Nill for a quick Q&A: [The Athletic]

It’s gameday as the Stars take on the Edmonton Oilers and their former head coach Ken Hitchcock: [SportsDay DFW]

Not much in terms of news today, so here’s a chance to ask some mailbag questions:


Around the League

The big news yesterday came from the Philadelphia Flyers, who fired General Manager Ron Hextall:

History isn’t on Philadelphia's side, however, as in-season GM changes typically don’t fix anything. [The Athletic]

The Montreal Canadiens could be getting their new captain, Shea Weber, back very soon:

Who will he replace on the roster? It looks like 2017 free agent acquisition Karl Alzner, who was waived by the team yesterday: [NHL]

Speaking of bad UFA signings, here are some deals from this past summer that already look rough:

The Buffalo Sabres cracked DownGoesBrown’s Top 5 in his most recent power rankings, definitively proving that anything is possible: [The Athletic]


Finally...

Here’s your feel-good story of the day: