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NHL Source: Bruins Looking At Leach, Montgomery, Leaman So Far



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According to an NHL source close to the situation, the Boston Bruins have been in contact with former Providence Bruins head coach Jay Leach and former Dallas Stars and Frozen Four champion head coach Jim Montgomery about their vacant head coaching post.

“Both guys are definitely in the mix,” the source confirmed to Boston Hockey Now on Sunday.

This came in response to numerous reports recently that Leach, an assistant with the Seattle Kraken, would be an instant front-runner to replace recently fired Bruce Cassidy due to his working experience with Boston Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. Montgomery was then referenced by Sportsnet NHL Insider Elliotte Friedman on the 32 Thoughts segment during the Hockey Night In Canada broadcast of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final that saw the Tampa Bay Lightning earn their third consecutive berth in the Stanley Cup Final with a 2-1 win over the New York Rangers in Game 6 Saturday night.

“Jimmy and Jay are candidates from what I hear,” the aforementioned source told BHN. “They are definitely honed in on coaches that can relate to younger guys, that I know. Do they change gears and go for the big names? Maybe, but that’s where they’re at right now.”

Friedman also reported that Montgomery has been linked to the Winnipeg Jets, and Vegas Golden Knights.

As reported here last Tuesday, Providence College head coach Nate Leaman, UMass-Amherst head coach Greg Carvel, and former Boston Bruins center Marc Savard are also likely candidates to replace Bruce Cassidy as head coach of the Boston Bruins. The same NHL source above told BHN on Sunday that he heard Leaman had indeed been contacted and is a candidate but further sourcing could not confirm that as of Sunday night.

One thing that seems to be clear as of now, is that that the Boston Bruins are leaning towards recent or current NCAA and Junior coaches to come on board and be able to work with youth.



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It’s a matter of who will work the cheapest!


Let’s face it, they’re cheaping out. Why pay the big guys $4 or $5 mil when you can get one of these college coaches for $2 mil.

Kevin L

Note to Sweeney & Neely:
After your recent extremely ignorant move — this devoted B’s fan of 62 years no longer gives a sh*t what you do.

You two are The Scapegoats of the Future. At least I hope so.


No matter who coaches the Bruins this team will struggle to make the playoffs and continue to fall down the list as long as Sweeney and Neely are there. Has to be worst management in the NHL . Big name coaches with good records want nothing to do with Bruins, Sweeney and Neely have no respect because they can’t see beyond their huge egos even though they shouldn’t have egos do to their terrible drafting. Sweeney and Neely and let’s not forget Jacobs have turned this organization into a 🤡 clown show. Boycott Bruin games if you want real change… Read more »

Rick W Murray

They could resurrect Blake and put him behind the bench it wouldn’t do any good Sweeney and Neely have screwed this team for decades.


Sweeney and Neely drafting will set this organization back a decade and more. Just brutal.


They will hire whomever they can get for the least amount of money. Several good NHL coaches available. The Bruins just don’t want to pay. I have been a fan since 1970 when I was 10 years old. I’m getting to the point where I really don’t care anymore. Maybe it’s time to find another team to follow.


good points all around, as a canadian bruins fan for over 50 years, the sweeney plan or no plan has got this team in a pickle, badly. piss poor decissions, and poor scouting, from sweeney, with over inflated contracts and NMC in contracts is worse than his mentor Chirelli. if bergy does not resign and pasta wants out, time to move assets, but i dont want sweeney anywhere near a rebuild or his scouts for the draft picks they could receive. he has trusted his european scout to much, relied on NCAA prospects, cause he was, so on and so… Read more »

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