September 9, 2007
Bowman, Leafs tango drags on
The slow dance between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Scotty Bowman never seems to end.
Although the music has once again stopped playing.
Bowman recently had meetings with both Leafs CEO Richard Peddie and board chairman Larry Tanenbaum while he continues to maintain a public stance that he has no interest in leaving his consultants role with the Detroit Red Wings.
The role the Leafs talked to Bowman about of late was not that of advisor to general manager John Ferguson but to be the senior hockey voice in the organization.
If anything has been proven accurate in this continuing two-step with the legendary Bowman -- other than the Leafs inability to get a deal done -- it's that almost nothing Bowman has said for attribution can be believed.
The Leafs first went hard after Bowman in June, which he denied, but that fell apart because Tanenbaum and Peddie had alternate views of what his power base would be.
But the board pressed for the continuation of negotiations, and separate meetings in the final days of August, early days of September, ended up going nowhere.
For now, all is status quo with the Maple Leafs. For now.
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