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Playoffs Is The Goal For Rick Bowness

from Scott Billeck of the Winnipeg Sun,

Newly-minted Winnipeg Jets head coach Rick Bowness sees a good hockey club, one he believes he’ll lead back to the promised land.

Speaking to the media for the first time since he was officially announced as the third head coach of the Jets 2.0 era in Winnipeg, Bowness acknowledged Winnipeg’s shortcomings last season and pledged to be the man to help navigate them back to the Stanley Cup playoffs.

“For whatever reason (the team) lost its way last year,” said Bowness, seated beside general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff at Canada Life Centre on Monday. “Myself, my coaching staff when we get it all together, we’re going to work very closely with ownership, with management, everyone associated with this organization, and we’re going to get it back on the right track and get this team back into the playoffs.”

To do so, Bowness, who coached the Dallas Stars for the past three seasons, leading them to the Stanley Cup final in 2020 before stepping down after in May, will have to unite a fractured group. The 67-year-old is aware of some of the problems that plagued the Jets during their miserable 2021-22 season, something he and Cheveldayoff covered during the courting process.

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So many vague allusions to a “divided locker room”
in Winnipeg.

I’m sure it’s not easy given the NTCs that
seem to list most Canadian cities and the difficulty
of getting free agents to sign affordable deals.

But I don’t know how a couple years of an older coach
fixes major personality issues in the locker room.
Don’t you mostly just have to move out the guys causing
the issues?

Wheeler is older and in decline.
Scheifle has often seemed petulant and selfish.
PLD is proving to be a prima donna in the second city of his young
career.

And I’m not sure any of their good overripe prospects are projected to
be impact players.

If the goalie is great, that’ll cover for a lot.
But it’s not often you see a coach decide to leave midseason.
And it’s not like they got better after he left.

It’s not fair to critique him as a coach because I am not qualified.
But my main memory of Scott Arniel was him looking both helpless
and extremely angry trying to head coach a struggling Blue Jackets team.
They kept losing, it kept getting uglier, and finally, just several games into the season he was fired.

Posted by lefty.30 on 07/04/22 at 08:00 PM ET

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