Saturday, August 04, 2007

Bowman considering joining Leafs

Scotty Bowman has once again been offered the position of president of the Toronto Maple Leafs and this time is leaning toward accepting it, according to a source.

The source said Bowman was offered the job by the board of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment and was given a week to make his decision. An answer is expected by Thursday or Friday and, the source said, Bowman may finally let MLSE catch him after a pursuit that began in the late spring when he spurned the company's initial offer.


At 8:32 p.m., August 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bowman would be great for Buds. Coaches are often blamed unfairly and when they win God has to change chairs.

You can always say that Scotty had unbelievable player, which is true, but listening him in his interviews he really is something else.

You can't even compare John Muckler and Scott Bowman if you think about advisory role to JFJ.

But there's one problem: how do Scotty and JFJ communicate?

Scotty only speaks English and JFJ Lawyerish.

At 9:42 p.m., August 04, 2007, Blogger Lowetide said...

Not to rain on any parades and lord knows I'd like to see a Stanley in Toronto before I die just to see how a button down city would celebrate (post no bills), but Bowman was very poor as the guy making procurement decisions in Buffalo, no?

Why not offer Sam Pollock the job? Not famous enough?

At 9:59 p.m., August 04, 2007, Blogger J. Michael Neal said...

I'm largely with Lowetide here. Bowman was an outstanding coach, but the things he did best don't translate well into the front office. I've never thought that Bowman was a superior judge of talent, and I don't think anyone would ever mistake him for a good negotiator. So far as I can tell, he doesn't have any management skills, per se.

What Bowman knows how to do better than anyone I've ever seen is getting inside an athlete's head and finding the right buttons to push in order to make them work their asses off in order to win the Stanley Cup. He can't do that from an office suite.

Note also that I limit this to athletes. For some reason, athletes frequently respond positively to being treated like dirt, and having someone yell at them and call them names. In most other fields of endeavour, it helps if the employees actually like the boss rather than just fearing and hating him, bad interpretations of Machiavelli notwithstanding. Unlike, say, Billy Martin or Bill Parcells, Bowman has a very good knack at recognizing someone's breaking point and not crossing that line. I still don't think it's an approach that works most places.

At 1:35 a.m., August 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bowman wouldn't be coaching, he wouldn't be a GM, he wouldn't be negotiating any contracts so lowtide and neal should consider this advisory role first.
Having 9-time Stanley Cup winner to give some advise to JFJ isn't a bad idea.
How can it be worse than last two years? And with Maple Leafs there's never worries about money.
They could pay Bowman 20M a year and Maple Leafs would still make money.

At 4:42 a.m., August 05, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TSN: "Legendary NHL coach Scotty Bowman is denying reports that he is on the verge of becoming president of the Toronto Maple Leafs, saying he has not had any recent contact with anyone from Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment."

At 9:35 a.m., August 07, 2007, Blogger Buffalo66 said...

Hey, at least it's a short commute from Buffalo.


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