Candidates to be Flyers’ coach: Jim Montgomery

Throughout May and possibly into June, we’ll look at potential candidates for the Flyers’ head coaching vacancy.

“We’re going to sit down and try to build that ideal candidate profile and really keep all options open, maybe look at it from a little broader perspective,” Flyers general manager Chuck Fletcher said May 3. “Clearly we have to sit down and really drill down in terms of what we’re looking for. I’m sure there will be a lot of quality candidates we’ll speak to.”

We’ve looked at Barry Trotz, Rick Tocchet and Paul Maurice. Next up in our series is Jim Montgomery.

Why Montgomery would be a fit

Montgomery, who turns 53 years old in June, did some impressive work during parts of two seasons leading the Stars.

In Year 1 of his first-ever NHL coaching gig, he took a Dallas team that had missed the postseason the previous two years to the second round of the 2019 playoffs. The Stars went 43-32-7 during the 2018-19 regular season and lost to the eventual champion Blues in a double overtime Game 7.

Following a 17-11-3 start in 2019-20, Montgomery was fired for unprofessional conduct. Not long after, he entered a rehabilitation facility for alcohol abuse. Montgomery called Dallas’ decision “the appropriate call,” forcing him to “look into the mirror.”

Montgomery has bounced back through sobriety, which you can read about here in a story by Mike Chambers of the Denver Post. Montgomery, who jumped to the NHL…

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