Leafs talking to Bowman?

According to the Sun Media the Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to talk the legendary Scotty Bowman out of retirement It is speculated that they are trying to convince Bowman to take over a senior position with the club “possibly even team president.”Although the Leafs may be showing interest it remains highly unlikely that Bowman will take on the position as he remains part of the Red Wings organization.

Read the article here
http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Toronto/2007/06/14/4260160-sun.html

What do you folks think? Is it likely that the Leafs will be able to sign Bowman?


31 Responses to Leafs talking to Bowman?

  1. sufferingleaf says:

    All the money in the world isn't enough to make him come to this inept organization. This club has been mismanged ever since Ballard took over and it will take alot more than signing Scotty to fix it.

  2. Penssuck says:

    Whether it is Scotty Bowman, Ken Holland, Colin Campbell or others, it comes as no surprise that the company which owns the Toronto Maple Leafs has its radar on an NHL executive that would oversee the operation and development of the hockey club. This behind-the-scenes pursuit has been on-going for several years; it is directly the result of a well-known divide among board members that has existed since the very moment John Ferguson was hired as general manager in August, 2003. Some will suggest this is happening because the Leafs have been spinning their wheels in the post-lockout NHL; others, like myself, believe Ferguson has never had a real chance to ply his trade in an environment that breeds success. Ferguson and his rep — long-time football agent Gil Scott — have been all but promised the beleaguered GM will get a two-year contract extension before the end of this month. Until that happens, however, Ferguson will soldier on in typically lame-duck fashion, as he works under the option year of his current deal.

    This is also a difficult time in his personal life. John's father — Montreal Canadiens legend John Ferguson Sr. — is struggling in the advanced stages of bone cancer, and is not expected to survive much longer. Sadly, I know what it's like to be losing a parent to cancer and the effect it can have on your every waking minute. So, this is not a juncture in life that Fergie will happily reflect on at some point in the future. That said, he has an important job to do, and I am of the strong opinion he has erred by re-assembling the cast that failed to make the playoffs for a second consecutive spring. It is the easiest route to take for a GM in professional sport — to bring back your "own" players, unjustly reward them, and then hope things will be different the next time around. Rarely, does it pan out.

    That's why I have repeatedly stated I do not believe the Leafs have worked particularly hard for their enormous fan-base since April. I didn't feel that way last summer and I predicted in a column on this site that the club would re-claim a post-season spot in the Eastern Conference. I felt the signing of Mike Peca would add character and sand-paper to a soft team, and that Pavel Kubina and Hal Gill would round out a fairly deep defence unit. And though it hasn't yet paid off, even the trade for Andrew Raycroft showed some initiative and creativity, given that he was only one season removed from winning the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie-of-the-year. Nothing worked the way the club thought it would. Injuries took their toll, as they had the previous two seasons, and will in the future. No excuse, in fact, is as lame than playing the injury card.

    More importantly, with the possible exception of Kyle Wellwood, no young forward on the roster left the impression of one day advancing to front-line status. Beyond Wellwood, an ageing Mats Sundin, and the energetic but one-dimentional Darcy Tucker, the Leafs are choked with a bevy of third and fourth-line centres and wingers… a group that requires modification, not re-assembly. To wit, I again ask you to compare the young Toronto forwards (Stajan, Steen, Ponikarovsky, not-so-young-anymore Antropov, Pohl, etc.) to the top young gunners on some of the teams ahead of the Maple Leafs in the standings.

    Free agency beckons. With the exception of Curtis Joseph, it hasn't come close to putting the Leafs over the top in previous years, and it probably won't in 2007-08. My argument is that many more openings should be available to players that weren't on the club in '06-07. It was way too easy to again hand roster spots and new deals to Ponikarovsky, Antropov and Boyd Devereaux. Others, albeit harshly, would suggest that Sundin and Tucker could have been viewed with a more discerning eye. Under no circumstance, as I've mentioned, should 23 of 30 players that suited up last season be in training camp again this September.

    For entire article go to http://www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=8025

  3. Glucker says:

    why not just leave a link, and make sure it works?

  4. beefjerky says:

    Very well written for a guy named "Penssuck" hehe. Finally some constructive criticism, as in not saying "laughs sux go senz lol"

  5. Glucker says:

    oh, my bad, it was covered up by HTR's read the rest of the comment thing… but still, y the copy and pasting?

  6. beefjerky says:

    NM copy and paste, should really finish before I comment…doh

  7. beefjerky says:

    I could see if Bowman was currently at an organizaton that was strapped for cash…but Detroit can undoubtedly match any offer the Leafs make

  8. mojo19 says:

    Money wise, yes they can. However Bowman works part time for Detroit and I'm not 100% what his position is. If the Leafs offer him a position of power, maybe Bowman would consider the change.

    I doubt it would happen because he's got a comfortable position with an organization that's been good to him, but hopefully he hasn't closed any doors yet.

  9. wingsfan13 says:

    total b.s.  this is a joke.  scotty is with the wings for good.  it makes me sick to even see this garbage written or posted.

  10. wingsfan13 says:

    plus health wise bowman can't handle anything serious

  11. JuicemaN says:

    Bottom line is this organization needs someone to do what Colagelo did….when they contacted him and asked he replied with "ok, but I'm not answering to any higher powers, I'm not dealing with Peddy or the teachrs association…if I'm president and GM then it's my team to run as I see fit"  But the leafs will never hire someone under those circumstances because it's all about profit in the restaurant and condo world…the teachers could care less about the Leafs.

    I hope for Scotty's sake he's saying what Colangelo did and refusing to even think about it if the leafs don't hand him the keys to managing this franchise.

  12. Penssuck says:

    Bru was getting mad that people don't copy and paste, so i was showing him why they don't.

    So much easier to link it.

    It wasn't fun, trust me.

  13. Penssuck says:

    Pretty sure, Scotty didn't even answer the phone.

  14. Penssuck says:

    haha no worries.  I was going to tell you i didn't write it. 

  15. CaptainAvery says:

    Why would Bowman even consider coming to the Leafs organization when he's already part of the Red Wing family. If Bowman was any smarter then he already is, then all of us have to just take this article as only a rumor. Bowman is to much better then the Leafs period, why would a proven winner decide to go to a proven loser, exactly the answer I came up with, NOT HAPPENING.

  16. CaptainAvery says:

    No shit man, he ain't leaving Detroit for nothing, especially for this joke of the NHL they call the Maple Laughs.

  17. Neely4Life says:

    See, this is the problem with the Leafs.  No one of any high prestige really wants to come to the Leafs, because the thought is they cant do it their way.  I dont if its because Petty wants to feel important, or the teachers dont think they are making enough money of the coat tails of the players and fans, but even if for a second thought this rumour was true, my guess is Bowman would turn it down.  What the Raps GM did was perfect, said "alright, i'll take the job if everyone else leaves me alone and i dont have to answer to anyone."  Don't know if he will get away with that on the Leafs, because, thats the pension plans bread and butter.  Raps are like a little brother nobody pays attention too.

  18. beefjerky says:

    Yikes, a lot of animosity coming from you…what did the Leafs ever do to you?

  19. JuicemaN says:

    I wouldn't have answered either if I was him, the Leafs are the most messed up managed team right after Columbus and Phoenix.

  20. canuck8 says:

    i know scotty bowmen is the one of the best coaches ever but not even he could fix the leafs. the leafs haven't won a cup in 40 years and it will probley be another 40 years before they win another.

  21. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    bowman spent his life with the wings, he will do nothing for anybody else. MLSE wants a VP to follow Fargie and Maurice.

  22. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    whoever posted this was asking spineless leafhaters to come out and mock us. The ownership has to babysit the GM and coach now.

  23. CaptainAvery says:

    I just have never liked them, and a lot of the fans I come across are always debating there better then my team the Habs which do suck as bad as the Leafs, but everyones only come back is "he's a habs fan." If only our "entire" organizations would care about winning, then the Habs and Leafs would start winning more Cups and proving what a great tradition both teams truly are.

  24. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Bowman coached 706 games with the Wings, and 2 146 overall, it's not like he's Steve Yzerman or Mario Lemieux.

  25. Glucker says:

    i see… and i actually agree w/ you…*****…

  26. leemon says:

     I couldn't agree with you more. Scotty would bring in  a stability that me as a leaf fan have never seen before,Except in other franchises.It would be most welcoming.give him what get what he wants.Its sad though,meaning JfJ can't really make any big moves with out MLSE getting involved.

  27. leemon says:

     Because thats what detriot was before he got there, a proven loser and he could do the same for the leafs what he did for the wings. oh and by the way it may be 40 years since leafs won a cup,but with all the cups the wings in the last 10 years the wings are still behind the leafs. how many cups had the wings won before they won theres in 1997?I believe there was a 40 year span.

  28. Pony says:

    And the Canucks have how many cups?

  29. lukeleim says:

    Trade Hal Gill, Ben Ondrus, Jay Harrison and John Pohl to the Vancouver Canucks for Matt Cooke and Michael Grabner

    Sign Ryan Smyth 6 million, Mathieu Garon 1.5 million, A. J. Thelen 550,000

    Let Travis Green, Yanic Perreault, Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Bates Battaglia and Jeff O'Neill test UFA

    Alexei Ponikarovsky – Mats Sundin – Nik Antropov
    Ryan Smyth – Kyle Wellwood – Darcy Tucker
    Alexander Steen – Matt Stajan – Boyd Devereaux
    Chad Kilger – Michael Peca – Matt Cooke
    ————————————————————
    Kris Newbury – Wade Belak
    Prospects: Brent Aubin, Nikolai Kulemin, Jiri Tlusty, Jeremy Williams, Michael Grabner, Robbie Earl

    Tomas Kaberle – Pavel Kubina
    Bryan McCabe – Carlo Colaiacovo
    Andy Wozniewski – Ian White
    ————————————–
    Staffan Kronwall

    Prospects: Dimitri Vorobiev, Phil Oreskovic, Anton Stralman, A. J. Thelen

    Andrew Raycroft
    Mathieu Garon
    ——————-
    Justin Pogge

  30. Radio says:

    NEVER. EVER.

    I will film myself eating my left testicle and then send it to all you guys if this happens.

  31. Aetherial says:

    Um no thanks.

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