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Ken Hitchcock On Why He Stopped Coaching

from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,

For those who think Hitchcock didn’t leave after one season back behind the bench on his own terms, he begs to disagree. His five-year deal with Stars owner Tom Gaglardi assured he would move from coach to consultant. It just didn’t say when.

“I think I’ve had enough," he said. “I think the coaching part...is over."

There’s a considerable pause between "coaching part" and "is over." It suggests he has come to terms with it more than he has completely embraced it. But Hitchcock talked about the physical grind wearing him down this season, that he believed he was mentally sharp but eventually could not accept the hours the job demands.

He has lost 40 pounds since the Stars’ season ended and plans to drop a few more. Life on the road wears on Hitchcock in many ways, and too many carbs becomes just a different kind of problem from too many defeats.

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Afternoon Line- Jim Montgomery

“On the ice, for the Dallas Stars fan, if you can think of an adjective of what we’re going to look like, it’s going to be relentless. We’re going to be a puck possession team and we’re going to try and make plays everywhere on the ice. When we don’t have the puck, we’re going to pressure you so we can get it back and make more plays.”

“I think you look at the championship teams that have won in the NHL,” he said. the teams play a certain way. There’s structure to their game, but there’s creativity and flair to it, too. You have to let horses run. Everyone should look the same when we don’t have the puck and when we do have the puck, everyone should play to their strengths.”

-Jim Montgomery, head coach of the Dallas Stars.  Rory Boylen of Sportsnet has more.

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Jim Montgomery Is The New Coach For The Dallas Stars

via the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Jim Nill announced today the hiring of Jim Montgomery as the team's head coach. Montgomery will become the 23rd head coach in franchise history and the eighth in Dallas Stars history.

"We are extremely happy to announce Jim as the head coach of the Dallas Stars," Nill said. "He has achieved success at every level throughout his coaching career, establishing a unique culture around every team that he has led. He has created a standard of excellence by building trust with his players, while putting systems in place that allow his teams to compete for championships season after season."

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Report- Ken Hitchcock Expected Tor Retire From Coaching

 

added 11:04am, Dallas press release is below.

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Has Ken Hitchcock Coached His Last Game In Dallas?

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

There's a chance Ken Hitchcock coached his final NHL game Saturday.

He is the third-winningest coach in league history with 823 wins. After Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings, Hitchcock leads the Stars with 319 wins and is second in line behind Mike Modano in terms of franchise icon status. He is going to the Hockey Hall of Fame one day.

What's more, he is a heck of a guy with a heck of a story -- and this chapter might be over.

Hitchcock is on a long-term contract with the Stars, but the coaching part of that contract is to be explored after each season. Should the Stars believe there is a better option out there to coach the team, Hitchcock can be promoted to an advisor's position. As we survey the NHL landscape just one day after the regular season, there could be better options out there.

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Changes Expected In Dallas

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News held a live chat recently,

Who are your top 3 most likely to depart from this season's team?

Heika: I would say Kari Lehtonen, Jason Spezza and Antoine Roussel. I think they need a new back-up goalie, that Spezza just isn't a fit anymore, and that Roussel will probably find a better deal elsewhere. 

What do you think Dallas could get out of a Jason Spezza trade? And how much of his salary would they have to retain do you think?

Heika: In my opinion, the best option is to eat half his salary for one season and trade him. I think a different coach in a different system could get more out of him, and a potential second line center on a one-year deal at $3.75 million should have value in this league.

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Define The Style Of The Dallas Stars

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News answered some questions for the fans...

Mike, explain to me what happened. The Stars hired Jim Nill who favored the puck possession style that made the Red Wings so successful. They were one of the most entertaining teams in the league even when they lost. I remember the then coach of the Blues saying this is the future of the NHL.

Two glaring weaknesses needed to be addressed: goaltending and a defensive defenseman. These problems were addressed with the Ben Bishop and Marc Methot signings.

The Stars then hired the dump and chase, goals don't matter, boring style coach.

Was this decision made by Tom Gaglardi?

Heika: I think the owner had a hand in the decision, but the GM had to approve. Ken Hitchcock defends his style as a lot like what Pittsburgh runs or Tampa Bay or Nashville. He said he wants an aggressive offensive plan of attack that pushes the puck into the offensive zone and relies heavily on forwards winning puck battles to keep the puck in the offensive zone.

It's not that different from Detroit in theory. The Red Wings controlled the puck with skill, the Stars want to control the puck with work. They both want to spend a lot of time in the offensive end. Hitch does not like to hear that he coaches boring hockey.

The key to what he does is it requires a lot of work and talent in the forward group, and he might not have that just yet. There is a real chance that if he stays and has better talent in the forward group, his team will look a lot less boring.

Of course, that's all in theory.

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Morning Line- Ken Hitchcock

This one was a real burner and we've got 48 hours to get ready to play again. We've got to be a lot better with the puck under pressure when the game is on the line. We made too many errors with the puck and it cost us. We had lots of effort and everything else we've been having, but execution-wise, we made some mistakes in the third period and we paid for them. Bottom line."

-Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the Dallas Stars after losing 3-2 to Boston, blowing a two goal lead in the 3rd.  More post-game comments from the Stars by Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

The Stars playoff hope are fading quickly, 4 point out of the wild card race and the two teams they are chasing have played one less game.

Game highlights are below along with "it's open season on Brad Marchand."

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Questioning The Dallas Stars

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News answers questions from the fans,

Question: Depending on how they handle the remaining games, do you feel Jim Nill failed the Stars by not trading for secondary scoring in February or did the Stars fail Nill by not winning when he believed in them.

Mike Heika: Probably both. The price of getting players like Patrick Maroon and Michael Grabner at the trade deadline were pretty reasonable, and it seems like either or both could have helped the Stars down the stretch. Then, the fact the Stars did not read Martin Hanzal's injury well looks really bad in retrospect. They could have shut down Hanzal before the trade deadline, taken his remaining cap space, and put it to use. All of that said, Nill put his faith in the players, and they did not step up. If the Stars miss the playoffs, there will be a lot of hard questions at every level of the organization.

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The Dallas Stars Are Now Offensively Challenged

from Tim Cowlishaw of the Dallas Morning News,

With just nine games to go, the Stars are outside the Western Conference playoff picture looking in. This thing has unraveled quickly and in embarrassing fashion. Ken Hitchcock has successfully transformed last year’s free-wheeling, risk-taking club into a defense first squad that is efficient in its own end.

But the Stars can’t score goals.

At least no one beyond the top line really scores goals any more. The Stars rank 18th in the league in scoring. They had one night on this trip where they rediscovered their scoring touch and nearly ended Toronto’s home winning streak that was close to two months in length. But veteran Patrick Marceau tied it with 16 seconds to go, and the Leafs won in overtime, 6-5. It was the only game in their last eight in which the Stars posted a number bigger than 2 on the scoreboard.

Colorado and Los Angeles now hold the keys to the two wild-card spots at the bottom of the Western Conference playoff race. The Stars remain in the hunt, but their challenge is significant and it comes on two fronts.

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