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Bowman Hiring a Sign of Success in Chi-Town

Nelson SantosCorrespondent IJuly 31, 2008

The move by the Chicago Blackhawks to hire Scotty Bowman as a Senior Advisor to Hockey Operations is truly a sign that the Blackhawks are turning a corner and moving in a positive direction in the Post-Bill "Dollar" Wirtz era.

Chicago will not necessarily be successful because of anything Bowman will contribute to the movement and development in the Blackhawks' front office. Scotty Bowman is one of the greatest coaching minds in all of sports. His best attribute as a coach was being able to assess his players best skill sets and use them properly to maximize their effectiveness. The only time Bowman has used his telepathic-like skill at assessing skill and situations better has been when guiding his own career in hockey management.

Not since leaving Buffalo has Bowman associated himself with a franchise/team that was weak or mediocre, that maybe required a complete overhaul. Instead, Scotty Bowman has assessed which direction the team is headed in, what type/level of player personnel was on the roster and signed on to guide them to success.

He joined the Pittsburgh Penguins as Director of Player Personnel in 1990 and in 1991-92 he took over behind the bench to guide the Penguins to their second straight Stanley Cup Championship. When he joined Pittsburgh in 1990, they too were turning a corner with some good young talent led by a player named Mario Lemieux.

After two years as the bench boss in Pittsburgh he bolted for the Motor City to coach the solid but under-achieving Detroit Red Wings. Again Bowman saw a team with all the tools in place and realized he would be in the middle of something great, like another two Stanley Cups to add to his list of accomplishments.

This is not a knock against Bowman nor do I believe that Chicago is wasting their time.

Au contraire. Scotty Bowman accepting the position with the organization should be a shot of confidence for Dale Tallon. It means he has done something right over the last three seasons.

Once again it appears Scotty Bowman will affiliate himself with a winning organization. If I was a betting man, and I'm not, I'd pony up a couple of clams on the Blackhawks to win it all in a just a couple of years.

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