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Denver coach Jim Montgomery to interview with Panthers: report

Former NHL player guided Pioneers to 2017 NCAA championship

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University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery will interview for the Florida Panthers coaching job, he told the Denver Post on Wednesday.

Montgomery led Denver to the NCAA championship with a 3-2 victory against Minnesota-Duluth on April 8. Denver finished the season 33-7-4.

"I have spoken to Florida and I will meet with Florida over the next week to 10 days," Montgomery told the newspaper. "The date hasn't yet been confirmed."

The Panthers, who did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, announced April 10 that Tom Rowe would not return as coach. Rowe took over for Gerard Gallant, who was fired Nov. 27.

Montgomery, 47, is 102-47-18 in four seasons at Denver, including Frozen Four appearances in 2016 and 2017. He played 122 NHL games with five teams from 1993-94 to 2002-03, finishing with 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists).

Montgomery wouldn't confirm whether he spoke with the Los Angeles Kings, who fired Darryl Sutter on April 10, but said he wouldn't leave Denver unless it was for an NHL coaching position. He interviewed with the Calgary Flames last summer before they hired Glen Gulutzan.

"In life, there are only so many opportunities, and you have to listen," Montgomery said. "But it's going to have to take the perfect situation for me to leave Denver. There is no indication from Florida that I'm their No. 1 guy, or No. 2 or No. 3 guy. I'm just going to sit and talk with them."

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