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Blues hire Jim Montgomery as assistant coach

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The former Dallas head coach has playoff success.

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Jim Montgomery’s tenure with the Dallas Stars ended with a cloud of questions and speculation earlier this season, when he was dismissed by the team. He’s made peace with the firing and the reasons behind it, telling TSN’s Pierre Le Brun:

“When I looked in the mirror, people wonder why I’m thankful for the Dallas Stars and Jim Nill for what they did even though I understand that I disappointed Jim Nill, the staff I worked with and the players especially. I let them down. That firing was deserved. I wasn’t doing the right things.

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“I am hopeful to coach again. It’s my passion. It’s what I love to do. I don’t control the opportunities that are going to come my way and I do not worry about the future. I just focus on right now and what I control.”

The coach who got the Stars to game seven of the 2019 Western conference semifinals, and who ended his tenure with a 31-43-10 record, is getting a new opportunity with the St. Louis Blues. The Blues and Doug Armstrong announced his hiring today:

“We are excited to add Jim to our team and to Craig (Berube’s) staff,” Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong told stlouisblues.com. “Jim has won at every level he has coached at and we look forward to him being a valuable addition to our team.”

Montgomery will be replacing Marc Savard, who left after helping make the Blues’ power play the third most effective in the league.

The new coach is no stranger to the St. Louis Blues. He played 67 games for the team in the 1993-1994 season before being traded to the Montreal Canadiens for Guy Carbonneau. He scored six goals and added 14 assists in his one season in St. Louis.

No word on what Montgomery thinks about working with Jordan Binnington.

Presumably, the Blues starter knows who Montgomery is now.