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Jim Montgomery to have second interview for Panthers coaching job: report

Led University of Denver to NCAA championship this season

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University of Denver coach Jim Montgomery will receive a second interview for the vacant coaching job with the Florida Panthers, the Denver Post reported Thursday.

Montgomery would not comment on his discussions with the Panthers, according to the newspaper, which cited an unnamed source. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was not available for comment.

Prior to his first interview with the Panthers, Montgomery told the newspaper, "In life, there are only so many opportunities, and you have to listen. 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."

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, which won the NCAA championship in April and reached the Frozen Four in 2016. A former center, he played 122 NHL games with five teams from 1993-94 to 2002-03, finishing with 34 points (nine goals, 25 assists).

The Panthers reportedly also have shown interest in former Montreal Canadiens coach Michel Therrien and San Jose Sharks assistant coach Bob Boughner.

"We've interviewed a half-dozen guys, probably going to do another half a dozen or so," Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told Sportsnet on Saturday.

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