Abel to Yzerman
by IwoCPO on 06/27/07 at 01:15 AM ET
Good for us. Scott Bowman has apparently been chatting back and forth with Toronto, most likely via instant message with LOL’s and BFF’s and ROFLMAO’s and little Generation Y emoticons. But when the time came for a decision, the Leafs decided Scotty was asking too much. He wanted to tip over that Toronto apple cart and start fresh.
Bowman, who has never been one to mince words, was prepared to bring in a young executive as the general manager in waiting. He even had discussions with at least one person about the position and discussed the roster of talent with many around the NHL.
It’s kind of an odd thing going on in Detroit. Bowman is listed as a “consultant” with the Wings, and we won’t know any time soon just how much influence he has over draft picks, potential trades, strategy or post-game meals. But we do know this: that frigging vault of hockey knowledge is being put to some kind of positive use within our organ-I-zation. And we also know that Toronto could have stolen him away. But CEO Richard Peddie was reluctant to allow him to make the changes he wanted.
Too bad for you Toronto. Mediocrity is yours and we’ll watch you wallow in it.
A city that thirsts for a winner like no other hockey town in the world. A tradition that is diminishing by the day. A chance to land Scott Bowman, and your CEO turns it down because Bowman wants to bring in some fresh blood.
Leaf fans, I’m sorry. Leaf management: you deserve every disappointment that comes your way.
Would I like to see Bowman leave the Wing stable of genius? No. But it’s amazing that Toronto would let this chance slip away.
Whatever. Stay Wing Scotty. We appreciate what you bring to the table, even though we really have no idea what the hell that consists of. Toronto? Too bad.
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