The Dallas Stars blindsided the hockey world on Tuesday by firing head coach Jim Montgomery “due to unprofessional conduct inconsistent with the core values and beliefs of the Dallas Stars and the National Hockey League,” and that contains the players carrying Victory Green.
Although the conduct reportedly doesn’t fall underneath the umbrella of league adjustments and new insurance policies introduced by Gary Bettman on Monday, the undisclosed occasion was pivotal sufficient to take Monty’s job inside a couple of days of the data reaching GM Jim Nill’s consideration.
In Tuesday’s press convention, Nill mentioned the incident doesn’t contain any players or staff — previous or current — and that he was knowledgeable of the motion this weekend earlier than an investigation started on Sunday. No players or workers, together with interim head coach Rick Bowness, had been knowledgeable about the investigation till Tuesday when the choice was made to dismiss Montgomery.
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Instead of fielding questions on squaring off towards the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday, Stars players Jamie Benn, John Klingberg and Tyler Seguin had been requested questions on Montgomery’s abrupt dismissal and the way the staff will transfer ahead underneath Bowness.
Here’s what a couple of of the players had to say.
The captain opened up his media scrum by saying he was “pretty shocked.”
“You didn’t expect that coming into the rink today; it’s a tough situation … trying to treat it like any other day even though we know it’s not just another day,” Benn mentioned to the media.
Been additionally made the level that the problem is to keep centered on the activity at hand and getting factors in the standings, though he acknowledges that the uncertainty looms massive.
“There’s loads of questions that need to be answered and we’ve got some too however we do not know a lot. It’s our job to give attention to this recreation tonight and that’s what we are going to do.
“We trust in Jim Nill and this group and their choices. We’re going to trust that they made the right choice and hopefully we will transfer on. . . It’s information to you guys, it is information to us and that’s all we actually know.
“I loved playing for Monty and I wish him all the best.”
Klingberg was requested about Browness’ message to the staff following the information on Tuesday morning.
“It’s all about sticking together right now. What’s best for the Dallas Stars? We have a game here tonight. We need to get out there and get a win and stick together and do what’s best for the Dallas Stars,” Klingberg instructed reporters.
“Everyone that’s come this far in their career, they’re obviously true professionals and they know how to deal with these types of situations,” Klingberg mentioned on the dynamic inside the locker room. “It’s stunning for all of us and if they want somebody to speak to, they know they can speak to us and speak to different guys on this staff and that’s what I really feel like is an actual energy of our staff. A lot of the guys are actually open-hearted and open-minded. We know what you will get from every man on this staff and you recognize who you’ll be able to speak to in the event you want to. Coaches’ doorways are at all times open as properly after which Jim Nill’s door is at all times open as properly.
“You see this throughout all over the place right now, not solely in hockey or sports activities, you see it in regular life as properly,” the defenseman said. “It’s a superb factor it comes up too. It wants to be modified round this world — the way you deal with individuals and the way you consider stuff so that’s a superb factor.
“We don’t know what happened. I never had any troubles with Monty at all. He’s been my head coach for a year and he’s done a lot for the Stars’ organization.”
“I was looking forward to him being my last coach in Dallas,” Seguin instructed the media. “I’ve had many coaches but [it’s] out of my control and out of the guys’ control and we trust our management and obviously trust Jim Nill so whatever happened, obviously he made the right decision, Jim [Nill] and we’re going to move on.”
“We’re not trying to find answers,” Seguin clarified. “Definitely not right now. You trust your GM and your management; they made that decision and we back it up and we go and be pros and play hockey tonight against a good team.”
Throughout their rollercoaster season and now a training change out of left-field, Seguin mentioned the mission is to keep even-keeled and know you have received a job to do.