Could the NHL’s All-Time games coached leader being returning to Beantown?
Last week Rick Bowness stepped away from his role with the Dallas Stars after five seasons, the last two and half years as head coach. Mark Allred of the Black N’ Gold Productions LLC first reported today that B’s Assistant Coach Kevin Dean has decided to leave the team with one year remaining on his contract. With Dean’s potential departure the organization are confronted with even more uncertainty behind the bench and in the front the office.
By all indications Cam Neely and the B’s brain trust have started contract talks with Don Sweeney. Obviously, Sweeney or a potential new general manager depending on the direction they decide to go will be in charge of hiring a new head coach or reupping Bruce Cassidy.
It’s far too early in the process to speculate, but offering Rick Bowness a role as an assistant coach with the team would be an extremely wise move given his experience and expertise. Bowness is beloved across the National Hockey League with countless current players and former players raving about the impact he as in the room and outside of the game.
Bowness is no stranger to Beantown having coached the team in 1991-92. The B’s inspirational run that season ended in the 3rd round of the playoffs.
The impact that Rick Bowness has had on the game and the players and their families over the course of his career is truly extraordinary. Bowness is arguably the most genuine down to earth person you would ever want to meet. He has worked wonders overseeing countless young dynamic defencemen and defensive corps on multiple stops along his illustrious coaching career which spans four decades.
There’s no better coach on the planet that can instill confidence, passion and competitive fire like Rick Bowness.
There’s a lot of questions and uncertainty surrounding the Boston Bruins right now, bringing a coach like Rick Bowness into the fold would bring much needed stability, experience and a new voice to the team’s backend.