June 18, 2009 – NHL News Roundup

Scotty Bowman says he had no part in son’s promotion with Chicago Blackhawks

Nilan drops gloves over shoplifting charge

All quiet on the Heatley frontScotty Bowman says he had no part in son’s promotion with Chicago Blackhawks


When Stan Bowman replaced Dale Tallon as general manager of the Blackhawks this week, it apparently wasn’t because his father, coaching legend Scotty Bowman, made a phone call.

“I never got involved in the process,” said Scotty Bowman, a senior adviser for the Hawks. “I was happy that [President John McDonough] never called me on that. I knew someday [Stan] might get a chance somewhere. I just found out from him when he called me. It was probably better that way.”

The move has sparked some controversy, as evidenced by the boos from many when McDonough was introduced during the first day of the second annual Hawks Convention at the Chicago Hilton. He has re-assigned the popular Tallon to a senior adviser.

Scotty Bowman has been a part of 11 Stanley Cup championship teams, including nine as a head coach in his 42 years of hockey experience.

“When he left [Notre Dame] he came to Chicago and he said, ‘I’d like to try to get a job in hockey,’ ” Scotty Bowman recalled. “I was with Detroit at the time. I said, ‘Well, you have to send your resume to different teams.’ I didn’t know if he wanted to get into it. I just said, ‘If you’re going to do it, do it on your own.’ “

Stan Bowman spent eight seasons in the Hawks organization before being named the ninth GM in team history Tuesday . Not surprisingly, Scotty Bowman believes his son, who was Tallon’s assistant, has what it takes to be successful in the job.


Nilan drops gloves over shoplifting charge

Bob Hohler

Yet again, Chris Nilan went out fighting. Seventeen years after he ended his multimillion-dollar hockey career, the former NHL enforcer engaged in a bloody brawl with two security workers Wednesday as he allegedly tried to walk away from the South Shore Plaza wearing a purloined Tommy Bahama swimsuit under his shorts.

The former fan favorite got as far as the sidewalk outside Lord & Taylor before two loss prevention agents tried to detain him, according to a Braintree police report. By the time police restored order, “Knuckles’’ Nilan, his friend, James P. McGettrick Jr., and the two store workers were bleeding from their faces.

“Wow, that was really Chris Nilan,’’ said Steven LoRusso, a Quincy maintenance worker who witnessed the altercation. “It was like I remembered watching him fight when I was a kid.’’

This time, however, Nilan landed in Cell No. 2 at the Braintree police station instead of the penalty box. And though Nilan’s shoplifting charge was dismissed Thursday in Quincy District Court on the condition that he pay $100 in court fees, the incident is the latest involving athletes who once were handsomely paid and now are down on their luck (see also, Antoine Walker and Lenny Dykstra).


All quiet on the Heatley front

James Gordon, The Ottawa Citizen

Potential trading partners haven’t surfaced to make a pitch for disgruntled Ottawa Senators winger Dany Heatley and the team fears the clock may be ticking down on a deal with the Edmonton Oilers.

Assistant general manager Tim Murray said a proposal to send Heatley to the Alberta capital in exchange for Dustin Penner, Andrew Cogliano and defenceman Ladislav Smid isn’t dead just yet.

“I don’t know this, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they came out tomorrow and said they’re out of it,” Murray said in a conference call to discuss the hiring of former NHLer Don Nachbaur as head coach of the team’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton.

“I don’t know that that’s going to happen, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised (given) it’s gone on this long.”

Both teams agreed to the trade last month, but Heatley used his no-movement clause to veto it.

Murray said other teams could express some interest now that the start of the free agency period is long gone and the biggest names have been snatched up, but none have so far.


3 Responses to June 18, 2009 – NHL News Roundup

  1. habswinthecup-again says:

     How can you say that Nilan is down on his luck?, especially since the charge was dropped almost immediately, all that Nilan should be characterized as is being a little overzealous with his fists which would not be the first time.

  2. trueblue says:

    I find it hard to believe that Cogliano and Penner are in a deal for Heatley

  3. muckies says:

    Heatley's coming back to Ottawa, THE HOCKEY NEWS is running an article on him on the cover of their next issue and he is in his Sens uniform. Ray Emery also said on TSN that Heatley wants to come back and he made a mistake in asking out.

    Best way to start the image rebuild with the best and most respected hockey magazine, and it reaches fans in Edmonton and Atlanta as well who have a ton to say about Heatley.

    I think bringing Kovalev on board really helped BM on this one. Ottawa will have a top 6 as good as a team could wish for, and excellent 3rd and 4th lines. If Leclaire is healthy, could be a good team.

    BUt what is SJ up to?  They need to make changes, and need to do it fast. Maybe a team like EDM goes after Marleau, I know LOWE is a huge fan. Could be a nice fit, he`s a prototypical EDMONTON #1 center, fast, great first shot, great leadership. The best since Doug Weight 

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