Dallas Stars

Ken Hitchcock leaving Stars to coach a Western Conference team. Ben Bishop injured again

Jim Montgomery will replace Ken Hitchock as coach of the Dallas Stars.
Jim Montgomery will replace Ken Hitchock as coach of the Dallas Stars. AP

The Stars have gone through a somewhat difficult 24-hour period.

On Monday night, starting goalie Ben Ben Bishop exited the ice and did not return due to a lower-body injury. It was Bishop’s first time playing in back-to-back games this season.

Anton Khudobin took his place, as the visiting Stars fell to the Rangers in New York, 2-1.

Thankfully for the club, reports indicate that Bishop will likely only miss one week.

He joins a list of unavailable players that includes John Klingberg Devin Shore, Stephen Johns, Marc Methot, as well as others.

None of those individuals are expected to play in the final tilt of this three-game East Coast road trip.

Khudobin has been as solid as advertised in his first season with the club. In seven games, he’s produced a 3-3-1 record, but his goals against average (2.37) and save percentage (92) numbers are solid.

However, the front office will have to add a backup from the Texas Stars, the organization’s AHL affiliate.

Bishop’s extensive injury history, both with the Lightning and in Dallas, has been well-documented. The injury he suffered late last spring, one that caused him to miss the final team games of the regular season, was arguably the main reason the team suffered a massive playoff collapse down the stretch.

That collapse prompted head coach Ken Hitchcock to step down. Jim Montgomery was hired to fill the vacancy shortly thereafter.

Although, Hitchcock did remain with the team in an advisory capacity.

Now he’s leaving that role.

On Tuesday, news broke that the coach with the third-most wins in NHL history will be taking over as the head coach of the struggling Oilers.

Despite having arguably the NHL’s most talented player in Connor McDavid, as well as several other strong offensive pieces, Edmonton has the fourth-fewest points of any team in the Western Conference standings (19).

Meanwhile, Montgomery’s bunch, now even more shorthanded, will conclude finish this trip with a game against the Penguins on Wednesday night.

Dallas Stars coach Jim Montgomery spoke after the Stars' game against the Predators at American Airlines Center.

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