Happy Sunday, ladies and gentlemen!
As a long-suffering Cowboys fun (I was eight and had only lived in Dallas for a couple years when they when their last Super Bowl), I’m very hesitant to endorse anything that Jerry Jones does or has done in the past. However, he has done one thing that is unassailable — hiring Jimmy Johnson, who had never coached at the NFL level prior to his time with the Cowboys:
Can hiring a coach straight out of college work for the Stars like it did for the Cowboys?
Nill may be betting his job on it.
”The minute I met him,” Nill said of Montgomery, “he checked all the boxes.”
Jim Montgomery has never coached at the NHL level before, and many are actually viewing this as a good thing. There will be a learning curve, to be sure, but it is refreshing to have a guy coming in with new ideas and philosophies, not just the same old NHL retread coach that has been espousing the same things for the last several decades (by the way, this isn’t entirely a shot at Ken Hitchcock; it is the same for seemingly every tenured NHL coach):
But everything he cited Friday came back to new, new, new. Look at Tampa Bay, he said, which hired a former public defender in Jon Cooper. Or Bruce Cassidy, who once went from the Grand Rapids Griffins to the Washington Capitals. Or John Hynes, who, when hired by New Jersey three years ago, was the youngest head coach in the league at 40.
See more from Kevin Sherrington over at his usual spot. [SportsDayDFW]
Here’s a podcast from Sean Shapiro for your listening pleasure:
NEW PODCAST: The Dallas Jims have a new head coach— Sean Shapiro (@seanshapiro) May 4, 2018
SOUNDCLOUD: https://t.co/NJeTXjhVkI up in other podcast venues soon
And here’s an article from him as well. I like the different perspective of looking at how Jim Montgomery was as a player rather than as a coach:
New Stars coach Jim Montgomery had a short stint in Dallas during his playing career. @seanshapiro talked to Montgomery's past teammates about the hints his time as a player gave about his future. https://t.co/2alB8QO6vQ— The Athletic (@TheAthleticDFW) May 5, 2018
Keep shooting the Honka/Heiskanen news directly into my veins:
Miro Heiskanen played 18:25 and was a plus-3 in Finland’s 8-1 win over Korea today at the World Championship in Denmark. Julius Honka played 15:37 and was a plus-1. According to the lineup sheet, Heiskanen was on the top defense pair and Honka was on the third.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) May 5, 2018
The Swedes are unsurprisingly making their mark as well:
On Friday, Mattias Janmark tallied one goal and one assist in Sweden’s 5-0 win over Belarus. He skated on the top line. John Klingberg picked up one assist for Sweden while skating on the top defense pair.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) May 5, 2018
I also missed these words from Jamie Benn yesterday:
"Impressive. He seems like a coach with a lot of knowledge ... I think he's going to be a great fit here"@DallasStars Captain @jamiebenn14 on new head coach Jim Montgomery #Stars | #NHL pic.twitter.com/CgX0czaS4X— FOX Sports Southwest (@FOXSportsSW) May 4, 2018
Thoughts and prayers for Marc Methot:
I’m dying here without my Netflix. Help.— Marc Methot (@MarcMethot3) May 5, 2018
Around the League
- This is weird. The Washington Capitals came back in the third period and beat the Pittsburgh Penguins 6-3 (two late empty-netters) to take a 3-2 series lead back to Pittsburgh for Game 6. [NHL]
- The Winnipeg Jets took care of business in a big way on the road and smashed the Nashville Predators 6-2 to give them a chance to clinch the series back in Winnipeg in Game 6. [NHL]
This about sums up how I felt yesterday (even though I live in California and the first game started at 4):
Me when there’s afternoon playoff hockey: This is an abomination.— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) May 5, 2018
Me when there no afternoon playoff hockey: Man I’d like to be watching some playoff hockey right now.
Also, I forgot to put up Down Goes Brown’s Friday Grab Bag yesterday, so here you go:
Friday Grab Bag: Could we maybe stop complaining about the playoff format long enough to enjoy this amazing round? Plus how to fix bad officiating, a Predators murder spree, and lots more. https://t.co/CqzDHRtLvU pic.twitter.com/gYFfO0bf0X— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) May 4, 2018
There are some very tasty names on this list that I wouldn’t mind if Jim Nill had some talks with (although locking down #91 should be priority #1):
Maybe Brad Marchand was just confused about what the term “trading licks” means:
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly tells ESPN that those were Brad Marchand's last licks. "Yes, we will be communicating with the [Bruins]. We don't expect it to happen again." My story: @NHLBruins @TBLightning https://t.co/MPifupJd2g— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) May 5, 2018
Apparently the NHL thinks other teams might try to get in on the action:
#nhljets and #preds were warned this morning that licking an opponent may result in a 10-minute misconduct. Rule 75.4 (iii): "Any player who persists in any course of conduct designed to incite an opponent into incurring a penalty." I can't believe this is a thing I am tweeting.— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) May 5, 2018
What the hell is wrong with some people:
Based on how it looked, I think it’s going to be not good for quite a while:
Bruce Cassidy provided an update on Torey Krug upon the team's arrival in Tampa: "He’s out [for Game 5]. He’s still getting evaluated, but doesn’t look good that it will be short term."— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) May 5, 2018
Cassidy says Nick Holden will enter the lineup and play alongside Adam McQuaid on Sunday.