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The New York Post's Larry Brooks argues that the Blackhawks' top-heavy salary structure is not the reason that the Hawks were swept by the Nashville Predators:
The stars have to produce, which neither [Patrick] Kane nor ]Jonathan] Toews could do in the series in which Dennis Rasmussen scored Chicago’s only even-strength goal in what became the first 8-1 first-round sweep in NHL history.
Kane scored 30 goals in 68 games in Chicago’s three Cup championship years. When the Blackhawks lost consecutive first-round series in 2011 and 2012, No. 88 scored one goal in 13 matches. Probably not a coincidence.
More than Kane’s production was missing against the Predators, that much is obvious. Supporting pieces were unable to supply the depth that had been a critical part of the team’s championship runs. The defense is a bit too thin. The cap system has inflicted pain the way it is intended on perennial contenders.
But as [GM Stan] Bowman and his staff review the club’s demise following an unexpected 109-point season good for third overall in the NHL, there is no great need to overthink it.
The team’s most dynamic and productive player scored one goal. The team’s biggest stars — including Artemi Panarin and Artem Anisimov — were rendered mute. That will do it to any team in the NHL the way it always has, even when there was no such thing as a salary cap.
via Mark Lazerus tweets,
"I'm completely disappointed. It's unacceptable to be where we are today. I'm frustrated, I'm angry. ... Complete failure."
"We did not even come close to reaching the standard we have set. And that’s unacceptable. ... Not close to good enough."
"That starts with me. I need to be better. There's no doubt about it. I can promise you I will be better."
"Joel is our head coach. He will continue to be our head coach. And Joel and I will work together to make sure this never happens again"
added below at 10:54am, One more tweet from Lazerus....
added below at 11:09am, video of Stan Bowman statement,
From NHL.com's Nicholas J. Cotsonika:
OK, so who's it going to be? Nick Schmaltz? Tyler Motte? Ryan Hartman? Vincent Hinostroza? Tanner Kero?
Who's going to seize the opportunity with the Chicago Blackhawks this season? Who's going to grab the job openings at forward on a team that has won the Stanley Cup three times since 2010? Who's going to play in a lineup that includes Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Marian Hossa?
"The one thing I've told all those players was, 'I'm not sure which of you guys is going to make the team, but we're hoping you make the decision easy for us,'" Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "I think the one thing that's different this year is they don't have a lot of veteran guys ahead of them, so they're essentially fighting amongst themselves. We've got a group of six to eight young players. A number of them are going to make it."
Who makes it could have a huge effect on how far the Blackhawks make it.
From the Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson:
Rookie Chicago Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin racked up an impressive 77 points in his first kick at the National Hockey League this season, but the number people continue to look at is 24, as in birthdays.
It’s not the quiet Russian’s fault, but his birth certificate might be a gnawing concern come Calder Trophy voting time — he’s five years older than Connor McDavid. He also played 263 games over six years in the KHL, maybe the second best pro league in the world, while the Edmonton Oilers teenager sprang from the junior Erie Otters without missing a beat, save for the missed step when he lost his balance, plowed into the boards and broke his collarbone in early November.
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, who will have McDavid on his Team North America Young Guns aggregation for the World Cup, waves the pompoms for the kid, of course, but he sees Panarin every day and loves him even if his $812,500 salary ballooned by $2.595 million because he achieved group A perks (60 points, 25 goals) for $850,000 and any one of his group B carrots for another $1.725 million (top 10 NHL forwards in points; he was eighth).
So next year, his cap hit will be $3.387 million, not $812,500, for a star-laden team in cap hell with 15 players signed for 2016-17 at $65.85 million.
“What a performance to do what Artemi did, as a first-year player … it’s always puzzled me why people look at that (bonus reached) as a bad thing,” said Bowman, keeper of the bulging purse in Chicago. “He came in and did something, if not unheard of, then certainly you haven’t seen a first-year player finish that high in points in a long while.”
from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,
Stan Bowman might not be as famous as his dad. Or as ornery as Brian Burke. Or as chatty as Ken Holland.
But what he managed to pull off on Thursday by acquiring Andrew Ladd, generally considered the top available forward heading into the trade deadline, once again underscores why he is the best in the biz.
In the weeks following the Hawks’ Cup triumph last June, Bowman was forced to cast adrift key cogs Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp and Johnny Oduya due to salary-cap considerations. In came former Blue Jacket Artem Anisimov and ex-KHLer Artemi Panarin, who have helped linemate Patrick Kane become the front-runner to win the Hart Trophy as league MVP.
It doesn’t stop there. After swinging the deal to bring in Ladd from the Winnipeg Jets, on Friday, Bowman added to the blue line by acquiring defenceman Christian Ehrhoff from the rival Kings for veteran Rob Scuderi.
And then, Friday night, he added forwards Dale Weise and Tomas Fleischmann from the Montreal Canadiens.
Meanwhile, the rest of the league was waiting for, well, what? To see the Hawks win a fourth Cup in seven seasons? It might very well happen.
The lesson here: Stan Bowman’s Blackhawks don’t rebuild; they reload. And the architect is Stan Bowman, whose ability to annually keep the Hawks among the Cup favourites is impressive even to his own players.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today a three-year contract extension for Senior Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman, which will run through the 2020-21 National Hockey League season.
Bowman is in his 15th season with the Blackhawks and his sixth as the Vice President/General Manager, having been named to the position on Sept. 7, 2010. Bowman was originally named the ninth General Manager in Blackhawks history on July 14, 2009, after eight years in the Blackhawks Hockey Operations Department.
“I am proud of how much Stan and his staff have accomplished and have great confidence in his leadership as our organization continues to strive for consistent excellence,” said President & CEO John McDonough. “Under Stan’s guidance, our Hockey Operations Department is strong across all levels, including scouting, player evaluation and development, and salary cap management. He has created a sound structure that Blackhawks fans can be excited about for many years to come.”
from Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune,
Since August, when Patrick Kane came under investigation for an alleged sexual assault, there were some reports and indications the Blackhawks had grown tired of Kane's off-ice behavior and could try to trade the winger.
However, general manager Stan Bowman said Saturday Kane "absolutely" remains part of the team's long-term plans.
Bowman met with the media in Vancouver for the first time since prosecutors declinde to charge Kane after the investigation into an incident at his home in western New York. Kane is in the first year of an eight-year $84 million contract, a contract that includes a no movement clause. He is off to one of the best starts of his career and led the NHL with 31 points entering Saturday.
"You can’t find talent like that," Bowman said. "You look at what he’s done over the course of his career, whether it’s this season, last season ... he’s been a game changer. He’s one of those guys that’s, I’ve said it a lot over the years, he’s able to elevate his game in pressure moments. Not too many guys are able to do that."
Bowman declined to comment when asked if the team was satisfied with Kane's off-ice behavior.
Via the Score's Craig Hagerman, Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nick Foligno weighed in on his team's recent trades as an organizational show of force, discussing the trades for Brandon Saad and signing of Gregory Campbell with Sportsnet's Luke Fox:
In a cap-relief transaction, [Blackhawks GM Stan] Bowman dealt away the most talented young forward no one knew was available in a seven-piece move that saw Columbus give up forwards Artem Anisimov, Marko Dano, Jeremy Morin and Corey Tropp.
But there's no debate which team landed the best player. Columbus wasted no time locking up Saad, a restricted free agent, for six years, leaving a small-market dressing room positively giddy.
“I was really, really happy. The organization is making a statement about what type of team we want to be, how serious we are about winning. You bring in a player like Brandon Saad, who’s won two Cups already, it’s a big statement," captain Nick Foligno told us this week at the Smile Zone Foundation golf tournament in Milton, Ont.
"It’s sad because you lose a few friends, but it’s a huge pickup for us. He’s an unbelievable talent, and a young player at that. You’ll get a lot great years out of a player like him. Another guy—they bring in [former Boston Bruins centre] Gregory Campbell, who’s already won a Cup. They’re really pushing for us to become the team we know we can be.”
Fox and Foligno continue...
The Blackhawks are holding their annual fan convention this weekend, and ahead of the event, Hawks GM Stan Bowman spoke with NHL.com's Brian Hedger regarding the state of his capped-out team...
"We've had a lot of discussions," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Friday at the Hilton Chicago prior to the start of their annual fan convention. "I think we have some ideas of what we're going to do. We've got a couple different scenarios that we are planning on doing and ultimately, which one we'll land on … in time that will come to be.
"There's been a lot of work preparing for this. Nothing's come up and surprised us, and it's only the second week of July. As a result, we're still working on it."
Bowman said bonus overages from last season, which carry over to this season's cap charges, amount to about $750,000. That makes the squeeze even tighter and the possibility of additional trades more likely.
And Joel Quenneville and Jonathan Toews spoke with the Associated Press regarding the Hawks' cap crunch:
From the Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc:
As the Stanley Cup was being hoisted just a few feet away after the Blackhawks' victory over the Lightning in Game 6, one player stood on the ice at the United Center and matter-of-factly said, "all hell is going to break loose soon."
He wasn't referring to the raucous celebration that has been ongoing since the Hawks won their third Cup in six seasons, but the roster turnover that is looming because of salary-cap issues.
The Hawks have been through this before, jettisoning half the roster after winning their first Cup in 49 years in 2010. The damage wasn't as significant after the 2013 championship, but change is inevitable and it doesn't take a math whiz to understand why.
Including three goaltenders, one of whom won't be on the opening-night roster — most likely Antti Raanta — and excluding restricted free agents Brandon Saad and Marcus Kruger, the Hawks have 15 players signed for next season with cap hits totaling roughly $65 million. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently that the cap for next season, expected to be announced this week, will come in around $71 million.
"I guess everyone wants to know if it's a good number or a bad number," Hawks general manager Stan Bowman said. "Obviously, if it were $80 million it would be easier for us. If it's going to be $70 (million) or 71, whatever it will be, we'll make it work. If it comes in at 69.5 or 71.5, that could be the difference between what we decide to do."
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.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
There is talk of a dynasty.
Makes you think of the how it might be so, how all of these things, family DNA and work ethic and perseverance in the face of life-altering challenges, all combine to produce something that will likely never be seen again anywhere in sport.
The son of the winningest coach in the game who also presided over one of the greatest dynasties of all time in Montreal, now stands as one of the top general managers in hockey, the architect of a team on the verge of dynasty.
Stan Bowman was named, naturally, for the Stanley Cup, arriving in in this world shortly after his father guided the Canadiens to a championship in 1973.
For a time, he thought his name was Stanley Cup.
He was still a child when his father left the blue, blanc et rouge for a job with the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo became the base camp for the Bowmans, even as Scotty moved on to jobs with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and now Blackhawks.
There, Stan skated on the backyard rink his dad presided over and listened to his father talk hockey with his assistant coaches or scouts or other members of the Sabres organization.
The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch's second-to-last trade column of the pre-deadline season dovetails nicely with Sportsnet's Cox and Friedman's Headlines and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline's most recent Tweets about the Bruins having interest in Cam Atkinson. So:
Talks have heated up for Arizona defenceman Keith Yandle because teams see the possibility they can have him for two playoff runs before he becomes a UFA. There’s a belief the Detroit Red Wings, who have been looking for a blueliner all year, are making a hard push on Yandle because he fits the bill to what they’re looking at ... Don’t scoff at those rumours about Chicago centre Patrick Sharp being available. Sure, they’ve been denied in the past, but teams are certainly talking about him and there’s a belief the Capitals are the ones pushing the buttons of Hawks’ GM Stan Bowman to see if they can entice him to make a deal. Sharp’s name is out there. A Sharp deal might make sense in the summer, especially with Patrick Kane gone for three months, but if the Hawks are listening they’re going to have plenty of interest. Sharp would be the kind of guy Ottawa GM Bryan Murray would show interest because he fits the bill of what the Senators want in a top-six forward.
St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong is in the category where he’d like to do something before the deadline. It might not be anything major, but the Blues wouldn’t mind adding some forward depth. He made a tour through the New York area last week which had people buzzing. While there are still those who wonder about the club’s goaltending, it appears St. Louis will go into the playoffs with Brian Elliott and give him the chance to prove himself last year after the experiment to get Ryan Miller didn’t work last year. Make no mistake, there’s a lot of pressure and expectations on Armstrong to get past the first round this spring and that’s why the name of centre Patrik Berglund is out there. The issue is he has two years left at $3.7 million and teams aren’t big on term.
Garrioch continues, discussing Curtis Glencross, Atkinson, Erik Cole and the Senators' blueliners...
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If you're looking for a little mid-August drama, the Chicago Blackhawks have been unable to come to terms with 2010 first-round draft pick Kevin Hayes, and the team issued the following announcement:
Chicago Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman released the following statement regarding Kevin Hayes:
“We offered Kevin what we believed was a generous and fair contract. Unfortunately, he felt it was in his best interests to become a free agent. We are looking forward to the compensatory draft pick we are receiving and are focused on the excitement surrounding the start of training camp next month.”
Per the National Hockey League’s Collective Bargaining Agreement Article 8.3(b), the Blackhawks will receive a second-round pick (54th overall) in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Hayes is a 6'4," 216-pound forward who graduated from Boston College having registered 27 goals, 38 assists and 65 points over the course of only 40 games played, and as SI's Allan Muir noted on Friday morning, the Calgary Flames, Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Boston Bruins (the "local angle" for the Boston native) and Florida Panthers (for whom Kevin's brother Jimmy plays) are all in the mix...
But there are another 24 teams that will heavily pursue Hayes as well, and with the rookie cap-max deal and signing/performance bonuses being equal, the 22-year-old power forward can pretty much pick and choose wherever he wants to play based upon which team he feels will be the best fit.
If he's looking for promises of playing time, Calgary, Phoenix and Florida can probably deliver there, but you can be sure that each and every NHL team--including the spurned Blackhawks--will "wine and dine" Hayes and his representatives.
The Chicago Blackhawks are holding their annual summer fan convention--something I wish other teams would emulate--in the Windy City this weekend, so the warm fuzzies have begun in earnest.
Capgeek will tell you that there's a $2.216 million elephant in the room, however, an elephant that will ensure that not every player who attends the convention will start the season with the Hawks, and NHL.com's Brian Hedger discussed the Hawks' cap overage with GM Stan Bowman on Friday:
"We certainly have to be ready to go by October, that's the goal," Bowman said Friday at the annual Blackhawks Convention at the Chicago Hilton. "A lot of things change between now and then. You have to display some patience."
Bowman is setting a good example, but fans and media aren't as willing to wait. The fact one, or more, players won't be with the organization much longer will be a storyline for the Blackhawks until something happens.
From the Chicago Sun-Times' Mark Lazerus, presented without comment:
Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane are going to sign massive contract extensions this summer, possibly as early as July 1. That’s basically a given. It’s also highly likely they’ll do so on the same day, as they did in 2009.
“We’ve been kind of going hand-in-hand almost our entire careers,” Toews said Monday. “When we came in as rookies, and we’ve just been included in the same discussion for a lot of things, namely our second contract, and probably this time again. The chances of that are good. But at the end of the day, he’s got his own needs and his own family, and you have to respect that, as well.”
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman told the Sun-Times earlier this month that he planned to have the deals done by July 1, the first day the two stars and franchise cornerstones are eligible to sign them. Toews didn’t want to put a timetable on it, saying, “We’re in discussions right now, but as far as I know, nothing is concrete.” Both Toews and Kane are represented by agent Pat Brisson.
Updated 2x at 9:19 PM: Paul did a helluva job of covering the "gist" of the GM's meetings, but here are some items that I noticed on Twitter and feel merit mentioning, starting with Craig Custance's chat with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman...
In Penguins and Maple Leafs news, from Sportsnet's Chris Johnston...
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“I don’t know if I’m in the minority, but I’m hesitant; there’s no accountability for these random people making these predictions the cap is going to be $80 million. I might be wrong. I think there’s folly. There’s so many factors that go into the salary cap.
“Because there’s a new television deal, I’m not going to assume it’s going to be $80 million. I don’t operate that way. If you base your assumptions on predictions and you’re wrong, I can’t say, ‘They said it was going to be $80 million.’ I’m going to wait to see where it goes. I think it’s safe to say it’s going to go up. It’s think it’s a little bit irresponsible to say where it’s going to be unless you have intricate knowledge of the cap.”
-Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman on the future of the salary cap. Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago has more from Bowman on the cap in regards to siging Toews and Kane.
from the Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today a two-year contract extension for Vice President and General Manager Stan Bowman, which will run through the 2017-18 National Hockey League season.
“Stan has been an integral part of our organizational success and we are proud to reward him with a well-deserved extension,” said Blackhawks President and CEO John McDonough. “From the amateur levels to our team in Chicago, Stan has a great system in place as we all strive for consistent excellence throughout the organization.”
Bowman, 40, is entering his 13th season with the Blackhawks organization and fourth as the team’s vice president and general manager, a position he was appointed to on Sept. 7, 2010. He was originally named the ninth general manager in franchise history on July 14, 2009 and has overseen two Stanley Cup champion teams since that time (2010 and 2013).
“Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane will be here forever. I can’t predict what the salary cap will be in the near future, but I can tell you that Jonathan and Patrick will be on this team. Those two players put the Blackhawks back on the map, they’re up in a couple years, and whatever the numbers are, we’ll figure out the details. The notion that the money we’re spending now will affect our ability to keep Jonathan and Kane…it’s a non-issue. They will be here no matter what.”
-Stan Bowman, GM of the Chicago Blackhawks. More from Bob Verdi at the Blackhawks' website.
In case you missed the news, Corey Crawford signed for $36M over 6 years.
With the talk of the salary cap hitting the $80M mark in 3-4 years, I think the contract is a little over-priced, but not a bad signing at all.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
There is an extraordinary situation in Chicago where head coach Joel Quenneville and general manager Stan Bowman now have an uneasy peace after months of conflict both in and out of the public eye.
Both Bowman and Quenneville will now go about their jobs under the demanding presence of Blackhawks president John McDonough, who does not hesitate to put the boots to anyone he finds lacking. Just ask Dale Tallon, whose thanks for putting together the team that eventually won the 2010 Stanley Cup was a one-way trip to Florida.
If the Blackhawks recover from two consecutive exits from the first round of the NHL playoffs since their Cup win, Quenneville and Bowman will live happily ever after, albeit with the odd forced grin. If not, Quenneville and maybe even Bowman will have to answer to McDonough.
The uneasy truce was necessary because the tension between Quenneville and Bowman was starting to affect the players.
from Adam L. Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Here are some of the highlights of Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman’s press conference Wednesday during clean-out day at the United Center:
On the season overall:
“When you don’t reach your goal, which is to win the Stanley Cup, it’s a big disappointment. I can speak for myself as well as the organization that we set out every year to win the Stanley Cup and we didn’t do that this year. So, it’s a disappointment clearly.
“I think you have to look at the whole season, not just the ending. Ultimately that’s what we’re focused on right now, because it’s so fresh in our minds and we didn’t reach our goal, but we did have a lot of good things that happened this year as well. Obviously, getting 100 points in a very tough division, we saw some young players emerge and I think the future’s very bright for our organization.
from The Chicago Blackhawks,
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today a three-year contract extension for Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman, which runs through the end of the 2015-16 National Hockey League season.
“I am very proud of the direction that Stan has taken our hockey operations group in from the moment he took over the role,” Blackhawks Team President and CEO John McDonough said. “Stan’s leadership and collaboration with the entire hockey operations group has developed a strong foundation and gives us the continuity we need as we strive for consistent excellence.”
From Chris Kuc at the Chicago Tribune:
“We should know the definitive (cap) number very soon (but) it’s going to be in that range,” Bowman said Wednesday. “It’s certainly going up from where it was ($59.4 million). We’re not in the salary-cap crunch that we were in. We’re able to obviously do some different things and we’re not as stuck as we were a year ago.”
The summer following the Hawks’ Stanley Cup championship in 2010 was marked by the departures of 10 players from that that title-winning team as Bowman battled the salary cap. But things are different this time around.
“It’s a nice change, to be honest,” said Bowman, who is in Minnesota for this weekend’s NHL Draft. “We’re not trying to deal players to get to the cap. We have room to add players. Having that additional flexibility is going to help us not only in the summer but during the season when there may be opportunities to pick up players. But you have to have cap space to do that.
Announcement from the team:
The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a five-year contract extension with defenseman Brent Seabrook.
“Brent is a very important member of our organization and we are looking forward to him being part of a core group that will be a contender for many years to come,” Blackhawks Vice President/General Manager Stan Bowman said. “We have been fortunate to have Brent as part of our family since he was a teenager and we are proud to be able to announce this news today.”
[2:10 Update: As per Bob McKenzie tweet, terms are 5 years, $29M, $5.8M annual cap hit.]
“There might be a change or two, but we believe in the group and I think there’s more to come from what we have here, and it’s starting to come. I like the way we’ve played. You have to look at the big picture; you can’t micromanage this game or that game. In general, we’ve played good hockey over the last stretch here and if we continue it bodes well, but we can always look at tweaking personnel-wise to make us even better.”
-Stan Bowman, GM of the Chicago Blackhawks. More from Stan by Tim Sassone of Between The Circles.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Let’s face it, there’s pressure that comes with being Scotty’s kid and being named after the trophy you’re chasing. Much like their young general manager, the Blackhawks have embraced expectations for greatness rather than wilt under them. Together, they have enjoyed an unforgettable ride.
See, he was there when Blackhawks games weren’t on local television, when they missed the playoffs six times in seven years, when they were nothing. He spent four years as a special assistant to the general manager, whatever that means, and two more as director of hockey operations. He took over for GM Dale Tallon last July.
Now, at age 36, having twice beaten cancer, the Canisius High grad is four wins against the Flyers away from winning it all. The series starts Saturday in hockey-crazed Chicago. The Blackhawks haven’t won the Cup since 1960-61, the longest drought for an Original Six franchise. They have been to the finals once since 1972-73.
“There are passionate sports fans here,” he said. “The Bulls had a great run for a number of years. The Cubs are always beloved. You have the Bears and the White Sox. There are a lot of things in sports that capture people’s attention. For a while, the hockey team wasn’t one of them. Over the past couple of years, you could see it building.”
from Adrian Dater at Versus,
Scotty Bowman has his name on the Stanley Cup a record 11 times, and he very much wants a 12th because it would be right next to the name of his son, Stan. Anybody want to bet against him?
“It would be a special thing,” the 76-year-old Bowman said Thursday night from his residence in Amherst, N.Y., while watching the first period of the Canadiens-Flyers game. “But, one thing at a time. It’s going to be a tough game tomorrow night with San Jose.”
Bowman probably would be with his son in Chicago, but he is staying close by another of his five children at the moment in Amherst. His son, David, is under hospice care, and it’s a tough time for him and his wife of more than 40 years, Suella. David was born with hydrocephalus, a serious neurological disorder that left him partially blind and mentally disabled.
Stan, the general manager of the Blackhawks, is just as affected by his brother’s condition, and the team knows he could be called away at any time. But soldiering through difficult personal situations has been a hallmark of all the Bowman family.
from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,
Already there have been whispers of the Hawks possibly getting involved in the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes should the Atlanta Thrashers decide before the deadline they can’t re-sign their star winger.
Bowman didn’t come out and say flatly the Hawks would have no interest in Kovalchuk.
“I’m not going to comment on individual players, but what we’re going to do over the next few weeks is meet and figure out where we think it makes sense to add, whether it’s that type of a player or a different style or a different position,” Bowman said.
“At that point we’ll see what the price is to get that guy, and we’ll see if it’s going to make our team better. I don’t want to rule anything in or rule anything out because we really haven’t gotten down the path that far.”
According to Bowman, the Hawks have enough money under the cap to add a player without giving up one.
Stan Bowman, son of Hall-of-Fame Coach Scotty Bowman, talks about the path he has chosen in his hockey career.
The Chicago Blackhawks have promoted Stan Bowman to General Manager and have reassigned Dale Tallon to the position of Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations.
“We are very proud to promote Stan to his new position of General Manager,” Blackhawks President John McDonough said. “He brings a comprehensive knowledge of hockey, along with a tremendous intellect and methodical approach to building a successful team and sustaining success. His involvement with our organization and strong understanding of our roster and our system create a very natural and strong transition. Dale will continue to be an important part of our organization, as he has been for many years.”
from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
By the time he retired as Red Wings coach in 2002, he had brought the organization three Stanley Cups. His success earned him a lifetime contract with the Red Wings, where everyone thought he’d wind down his career as a consultant to Detroit G.M. Ken Holland, an arrangement that allowed him to scout games from his home in Tampa. It was a sweet deal.
But Devellano got a phone call last summer that he says shocked him.
“Jimmy,” Bowman told him, “I love the Red Wings. I love Detroit. However, I’ve had a request from my son wanting me to join him in Chicago.”
Scotty’s lifetime deal with the Red Wings ended—at age 74.
Stan’s wife, Sue, remembers her husband struggling with how to express his desire to work together in Chicago with his dad. He didn’t want to pressure his father, but at the same time he wanted him to know how much it would mean to him.
“You kind of have to tell him something,” Sue says. “Don’t beg him or anything. Tell him what you’re thinking.”