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Credit To Stan Bowman

from Chris Emma at CBSChicago,

Standing on the outstretched red carpet, as fans banged on the boards to the side, the legendary Scotty Bowman looked toward his son, whom he named after the prize they cherish, Stanley.

Like father, like son, because neither Scotty nor Stan broke from their even-keeled form in the wake of the Blackhawks’ championship celebration on Monday night. This is understandable for Scotty, as it’s his 14th hoist of the Cup. And Stan shares in his father’s makeup.

“He’s pretty calm, doesn’t have as much emotion as some people would,” Scotty said of his son. “But he’s been through a lot.”

Scotty Bowman spoke as a proud father, seeing Stan once again celebrate his own success in the game of hockey.

As the Blackhawks’ general manager since July 2009, Stan Bowman inherited a Stanley Cup core — Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Duncan Keith, etc. — and turned it into a championship team.

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I strongly suspect that Scotty plays a much larger role in the success of this franchise than anyone else believes.  For it is very hard for me to believe that Joel Quenneville and his coaching staff alone made the necessary adjustments in Game 5 (and at other key points throughout the playoffs).  I admit that this is a hunch, based on the following:
1) the similarity in the styles of play between the Red Wings of the late 90’s and today’s Hawks
2) the lack of success that Quenneville had with pretty loaded St. Louis teams of the 90’s. 
3) the “fancy-boy” hockey and inability to make timely adjustments that characterized the Wings after Bowman left the Wings organization following the 2008 Cup. (Do you think Bowman would have put up with Franzen’s sh!t for this long?)

I further suspect the executives at the MLSE mentally flog themselves every day for not sealing the deal with Scotty in ‘07.

Posted by JayK on 06/16/15 at 02:05 PM ET

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I’ve been saying this for years - Coach Q is probably a great guy, but he is Scotty Bowman’s sock puppet behind the Chicago bench. The tip off is how little the collective hockey media sings Coach Q’s praises.

Posted by thethirdcoast from Rochester, NY on 06/16/15 at 06:34 PM ET

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Here is an example of the kind of utterly bland press Coach Q gets:

http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2015/06/16/the-bernstein-brief-give-joel-quenneville-extra-credit/

The other disturbing thing about the Blackhawks is that their entire organization appears to run very similarly to how Detroit used to run from the mid-90s to the early 2000s.

Unfortunately, Chicago are going to be Stanley Cup contenders as long as Scotty is working for them.

Posted by thethirdcoast from Rochester, NY on 06/16/15 at 06:44 PM ET

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Well, I wouldn’t go so far to say that Quenneville is a “sock puppet”.  Certainly Joel bring things to the table which are needed.  That being said, I would conjecture that there are certain organizational characteristics of winning teams, and that Scotty’s (& Stan’s) influence has kept Coach Q and everyone else in the organization within narrow boundaries.  I would conclude further that, to their credit, both Stan and Quenneville have bought into this, and are willing to listen, take direction, and tap into this expertise.

Again, this is all the speculation of an outsider.  The Hawks certainly have great players. You can further argue that Scotty goes where the talent is.  But we all know that great players are never enough by themselves.  And where Scotty goes, a statistically significant increase in the success rate seems to follow.

And by “success rate” I distinctly mean winning the Cup, not just getting into the playoffs.

Posted by JayK on 06/16/15 at 07:18 PM ET

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where Scotty goes, a statistically significant increase in the success rate seems to follow.

A great feat for Scotty and Stan. The rest of Chicago has no class. confused

Posted by bigfrog on 06/16/15 at 09:49 PM ET

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And by “success rate” I distinctly mean winning the Cup, not just getting into the playoffs.

Posted by JayK on 06/16/15 at 07:18 PM ET

ZING!

Posted by Vladimir16 from Grand River Valley on 06/16/15 at 10:04 PM ET

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ZING!

The sad fact is that the Wings have become complacent under Kenny and Babs.  There is no doubt in my mind about this. 

Their media “department” (both inside the organization, and outside reporters who suck up to them, and I won’t name names b/c its patently obvious who these leaches are) will covertly make the case that getting into the playoffs 23 straight years is an achievement, particularly when considering their success has resulted in poor draft positions over the lang haul. 

It’s a good argument.  Unfortunately for them their argument is betrayed when players like Franzen are permitted to swim all season long. It’s betrayed when the team cannot connect on passes and turn over the puck incessantly.  It’s betrayed when the team STILL has problems moving the puck into the O-zone on the PP.  It’s betrayed when the Dmen constantly shoot the puck into the skates of the opposing forwards.  It’s betrayed when the team continues to suffer an inordinate number of groin pulls.  It’s betrayed when Jimmy Howard signs a long-term deal, and then goes into IDGAF mode, and never bothers to TRY to improve his puck handling skills.  It’s betrayed when the D-men are too lazy to put their damn glove down to prevent a rolling puck from hoping over their stick and out of the O-zone.  It’s betrayed when the team cannot sustain a forecheck and spend all day in their D-zone, and then say their D needs to improve. It’s betrayed when the opposing teams clog up the neutral zone and many games go by before our “brain trust” can figure out a successful counter-strategy.  It’s betrayed when we lose solid prospects for both short term rentals and 1 year contracts for over the hill players.

Posted by JayK on 06/16/15 at 10:45 PM ET

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JayK-


I strongly believe that Scotty would not have tolerated any of these shenanigans with Cleary and Franzen. He would have made it clear that they are physically unable to perform at the highest level, and that it would be dangerous for Franzen to continue. He also would have made it clear that there is plenty of young talent in the Wings’ pipeline that is ready for a chance at the bigs.

Posted by thethirdcoast from Rochester, NY on 06/17/15 at 12:47 PM ET

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