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6/24/2008 5:32:41 PM
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There is an internet report out there by St. Louis radio reporter Andy Strickland, suggesting Scotty Bowman is on the verge of taking over as the head of all hockey operations for the Chicago Blackhawks.

Before you dismiss it as unfounded speculation, understand this: There is every reason to believe there has been conversation between Bowman and the Blackhawks about that very subject.

Could it happen?

Perhaps.

When it comes to this stuff, Bowman can be an enigma wrapped in a riddle - we did this dance once already with Bowman and the Toronto Maple Leafs - but there is clearly desire on the part of the Blackhawks' hierarchy to have Bowman in the fold and those overtures have been made in one form or another.

The only issue I would take with the internet report is that it makes it sound as though it's a slam dunk and that Bowman has made a decision or is close to a decision to take over the top hockey post, which would see general manager Dale Tallon and everybody in the hockey department accountable to Bowman.

Sure, it's possible it could happen.

But it's also entirely possible we end up with the same result as we had when Bowman was being courted by the Maple Leafs.

The difference this time is that Bowman's son, Stan, is assistant GM in Chicago and there may be more compelling family reasons why the 74-year-old Bowman might entertain the thought of getting back on the front lines of hockey ops in Chicago as opposed to Toronto.

We will see.

Not surprisingly, when Bowman was contacted by TSN and asked about the Chicago story, he downplayed it.

"I am happy doing what I am doing," Bowman told TSN. "At this stage of my life, I couldn't see myself doing it (fulltime in another organization). I like it in Detroit. I don't have a contract but it's kind of a lifetime job with the owner there."

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