I'm not sure where reader Duchesne's hostility is coming from. When you consider the circumstances, this move was pretty easy to foresee. Bowman's son, Stan, is the assistant general manager in Chicago, so it's clear that the chance to work with him and be in a position to spend more time with his grandkids and another son, Bob, weighed heavily in his decision. I'm sure Scotty also was inspired by the challenges offered by the Hawks. They've got a very promising nucleus with
As far as being a traitor, it's my understanding that Bowman never had a written contract with the Wings, meaning that his employment, and departure, was entirely up to him. No doubt Detroit's sorry to see him go, but given the circumstances, I'm sure they support his decision.
While the Hawks seemingly can do no wrong in the
Murray makes some sense -- as long as your expectations aren't too high. He's probably got a bit more left in him than he showed while scoring 17 goals in an injury-shortened season with the Bruins...but not a whole lot. Never a speedster, he looks like he's skating with a piano on his back and even stopping to play it in the new go-go NHL. And honestly, if he's not scoring, he's not adding much to a lineup. There weren't many around Boston who were surprised to see him waived. In fact, there were plenty calling for the team to make the move prior to last season.
There are plenty of rumors suggesting that San Jose is interested in Murray, but you can write that off as fan spec based on reuniting him with his old center,
I think there's a chance that the Preds take a long look at
Another option for the Preds might be
Some fine choices there, Ian. Of course, that Oilers vs.Ducks game would be a lot more compelling if Burke and Lowe actually took the ice instead of simply staring each other down in the press box popcorn line. For the record, I'd put my money on Lowe on the ice...and Burke in the popcorn line.
The whole Sundin thing gives me the worst case of tired-head imaginable, and if it weren't for the sheer volume of letters, I'd close my eyes and ask someone to wake me when it's over. But this Phoenix rumor is so off the wall, and coming from so many of you, I had to throw it out there.
The Coyotes definitely have the cap room, with just over $42.5 million committed to 20 players. But Sundin just doesn't feel like a fit, either for his purposes or theirs. Phoenix already has six natural centers under contract, and you have to believe that
On the bright side, we shouldn't have to wait much longer before this period of national hand-wringing finally comes to an end. Sundin set today as a soft deadline for revealing his intentions for the future -- that means whether he wants to play, not necessarily which team he's choosing. Calling it quits is an option, but I'm betting he pushes on, taking a two-year deal with a contender in the next couple weeks. Look for Montreal, Colorado and -- if only for old time's sake --Toronto to be the most likely landing spots.
There's no doubt that the Flyers could put together an impressive package of talent if they decided to target Bouwmeester. Then again, so could several other teams. The Bruins could offer up
The Flyers certainly could move those bodies, but why would they? Not only would it devastate their organizational depth (which I'd rank closer to the middle than the top of the league), but they're not really in a position to make such a move. Remember, they're actually over the cap right now, so if they were to make a move for Bouwmeester, they'd have to drop at least two NHL bodies in the mix -- likely Upshall and Lupul -- along with other talent.
It makes more sense for the Flyers to make a pitch for him next season, if he goes to free agency.