Montgomery in alcohol rehab
Former Stars coach Jim Montgomery said Friday his abrupt dismissal by the NHL club was “appropriate” and he has entered alcohol rehab.
Montgomery’s statement was his first public comment since he was fired Dec. 10 in his second season for unspecified unprofessional conduct. He said the firing was “a wake-up call.”
“It was also the appropriate call,” Montgomery, 50, said.
Sabres’ Olofsson out: Sabres forward and the the league’s rookie scoring leader Victor Olofsson will miss between five and six weeks with a lower-body injury.
Olofsson, 24, leads league rookies and ranks second among Sabres players with 16 goals and 35 points in 42 games.
One-timers: RW Ilya Kovalchuk, 36, will play for the Canadiens the rest of the season after signing a two-way contract for the league minimum . ... Islanders D Adam Pelech will miss the rest of the regular season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury . ... The league suspended Stars RW Corey Perry five games for an elbow to the head of the Predators’ Ryan Ellis on Wednesday . ... The league suspended Kings D Kurtis MacDermid two games for an illegal check to the head of the Flyers’ Ivan Provorov on Tuesday. ... The Bruins’ Bruce Cassidy, Blues’ Craig Berube, Capitals’ Todd Reirden and Golden Knights’ Gerard Gallant will be coaches at NHL All-Star Weekend later this month in St. Louis.