Jim Montgomery had never coached an NHL game when the Dallas Stars hired him to help get the team back to the Stanley Cup playoffs. With that mission accomplished in his first season, what will he do for an encore?
Mike Heika sat down with Montgomery to take stock of the 2018-19 season – and to look to the next one:
Heika: You have a lot of ideas and a strong personality. How do you find ways to get your opinions across in a pro structure when it comes to personnel decisions?
Montgomery: I really enjoy watching the process and seeing how they do it at this level, so that’s been a good thing for me. You learn where you can add value and where you don’t even need to try to add value. That was probably the biggest learning curve I had, and Jim Nill helped me with that.
They also discussed how making the playoffs makes Monty’s job a little easier going forward:
Heika: When you look back at the two playoff series, were there things you learned? Do you go back and assess what went right or what went wrong?
Montgomery: Definitely, there are things that I learned. I look back at decisions I made, and that’s the playoffs and the regular season, and I can say these were positive, and these are things I would do differently. To learn from them and have that experience going into next year, I’m in a much more comfortable area knowing we can specifically target areas where we can get better on the ice and off the ice. I have a clearer vision of where we want to go now.
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