Film Room: Jim Montgomery's faceoff approach and the Dallas Stars

Jim Montgomery head coach of the Denver Pioneers talks behind the bench during the 2017 NCAA Div I Men's Ice Hockey Championships at the United Center on April 8, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Montgomery takes over for Ken Hitchcock, who retired last month and will become a consultant for the Stars. He totaled a record of 125-57-26 in his five seasons in charge.

Montgomery becomes the fifth NCAA coach to jump directly to the National Hockey League, joining Ned Harkness, Bob Johnson, Herb Brooks (after his stint with the U.S. Olympic team, and then again in 1987 after leaving St. Cloud State) and Dave Hakstol. He finished his career by playing one game for the Stars during the '02-03 season.

According to Francois Ganon of RDS, the two sides are expected to agree to a deal, perhaps as soon as the end of the week.

Montgomery had two interviews with the Florida Panthers before they hired Bob Boughner and spoke with the Los Angeles Kings prior to them hiring John Stevens previous year, according to the Denver Post. He's also not afraid to trust his young players. Montgomery also reportedly rejected an offer from the Los Angeles Kings to serve as an assistant coach. Montgomery was considered a possibility for any and all of the vacant coaching jobs this summer, as well, including the post with the New York Rangers.

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The Stars under-performed last season and are looking to make a change. Hitchcock returned for just a season before hanging it up.

The Stars will hire Jim Montgomery as their next coach, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Montgomery becomes the second college-to-NHL hire in the past three years, following the Flyers' Dave Hakstol in 2015.

In fact, the Rangers' interest in Montgomery may have sped up the Stars' process of bringing him aboard. There's hope he'll be able to get Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn going again.

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