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Dallas Stars Daily Links: Welcome Aboard, Jim Montgomery

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The Stars look to the college ranks to fill their head coach vacancy. Plus, playoff action galore, a suspension, beards, and more!

Stars v Avalanche
Unlike baseball, Montgomery won’t have to go back to this look as coach.
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Happy Thursday, folks! As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, the Dallas Stars have hired Jim Montgomery to be their new head coach. Since Taylor covered it extensively yesterday and Logan did a breakdown of his resumé two days ago, I won’t go into any articles up here in the top section, but I’ve tried to link to several different stories that provide different perspectives on what Montgomery brings to the table. The general media consensus is that this is a good hire, and from the limited amount of research I’ve done, I agree. I think I’m mostly just happy that they are bringing in someone fresh who seems to be able to connect well with players, isn’t distrustful of analytics, seems to understand that hockey today is different than hockey twenty-plus years ago, and isn’t named Alain Vigneault. Anyways, have a fantastic day!

Stars Stuff

There were many, many headlines to choose from for the news, but I liked this one the best:

Mike Heika has the cold hard Montgomery facts:

Sean Shapiro takes a look at what Montgomery likes to do on the dots:


This is a pretty cool breakdown:

The future is still unclear for most of the current assistant coaches:

Congratulations Miro Heiskanen! “Pekka Rautakallio Award” is a bit more of a mouthful than “Norris Trophy”:

And here is some more international Stars love:

It’s no “Ambassador of Fun,” but congratulations as well to Marty Turco:

Alexander Radulov has really perfected his soccer hooligan stance:

For any aspiring sports journalists out there:

Around the League

Playoff update:

  • The Tampa Bay Lightning jumped out to a quick lead thanks to two quick goals from Ondrej Palat and they never looked back as they beat the Boston Bruins 4-1 to take a 2-1 series lead. [NHL]
  • The San Jose Sharks completely controlled the contest last night against the Vegas Golden Knights, winning 4-1 to even the series at two games apiece. [NHL]

Well, there we are then:

Imagine how differently people would be talking about Tom Wilson if he played 20-25 years ago, à la Scott Stevens (not saying I think all of his hits are okay, just that times have changed):

Here’s Sidney Crosby giving the most hockey player answers possible when asked about Wilson’s hearing:

“The Great Equalizer” would be a pretty lame nickname:

I’ve got Joe Thornton for best beard and Patrik Laine in a runaway for worst:

Tyler Seguin was robbed:

Texas! Stars!

Tucson and Phoenix are both in Arizona and are both spelled weird.

As visions of next season danced in my head...:

Brian Flynn knotted things at 1 to send the game to OT:

Alas, the lads ultimately came up short in OT and dropped Game 1 by a final score of 2-1: