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Blue Lines and Bowman

So I guess the stress train we all rode last May is kind of a rental, eh?  I’m thinking that while we had it bursting at the seams a few times, they may have to add a couple cars to fit all the Tiger fans aboard.  If you’re finding the other Ilitch organ-I-zation to be a cause of current (and hopefully temporary) sorrow, all I can offer you is a little hockey news to distract you for a few minutes. 

We start with the D. Markov Dilemma, a continuation of it.  Last week Khan(!)‘s wisdom prompted us to finally come to this conclusion

...public overtures to Markov may be for show.  As it stands right now, there’s just no room for the guy.  There’s no animosity there, just the reality of a stacked blue line and a bit of a bind where Meech is concerned.  It would seem, and it’s kind of embarrassing that it’s taken me this long to figure it out, that the day Rafalski signed Markov’s ticket out of Detroit was stamped.

Yesterday, the Sporting News’ veteran NHL bubba Ray Slover joined in

Markov’s asking price is too rich for GM Ken Holland’s taste.

Holland added to defensive depth last week by re-signing restricted free agent Derek Meech.

Ansar Khan of the Detroit News says signing Markov would give the Wings eight defensemen on the NHL roster. Meech figures to be seventh on the depth chart. If Markov returns, the team probably would have to move out one defenseman.

Move past the fact that he mis-id’d Khan(!)‘s employer and settle on this: Slover’s got the scent, but he’s still scrambling a bit.  This thing isn’t about the money.  It’s all about the future and the certainty that Meech would be scooped the second he hit the waiver wire. 

If it were any other franchise, I’d be giving you the smoke and fire routine right now.  All this talk about Scotty joining the Leafs has to have some substance, right?  Apparently, wrong.  After three days of speculation, it seems that it all boiled down to a visit to Toronto and some speculation from the Globe and Mail.  Here’s the key phrase, and the driving force behind the BS.

The source said Bowman was offered the job by the board of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment late last week. However, Bowman said the only time he was in Toronto recently was to attend a conference on the rules last Thursday at the invitation of National Hockey League vice-presidents Colin Campbell and Mike Murphy.

Scotty apparently emailed TSN after the Globe and Mail’s “sourced” report.  A separate “source”, obviously in conflict with the Globe and Mail’s original quality “source” said Ken Holland asked Bowman, again, what his intentions were and was satisfied Scotty had no interest, no contact and no intentions where Toronto was concerned.

So…absolutely nothing going on there, right?  Nothing?  Nope, nothing at all. 

Unless of course…the offer included the coaching job.  Think he’d take it?  Five years off, getting a little restless, the most glamorous job in hockey…the chance to win Cups in Montreal and Toronto?








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Welcome to Abel to Yzerman, a Red Wing blog since 1977.  No other site on the internet has better-researched, fact-laden and better prepared discussions than A2Y.  Re-phrase: we do little research, find facts and stats highly overrated and claim little to no preparation.  There are 19 readers of A2Y. No more, no less. All of them, except maybe one, are juvenile in nature.  Reminding them of that in the comment section will only encourage them to prove that. Your suggestions and critiques are welcome: wphoulihan@gmail.com

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