An Old Story, But Still A Good One
These days, news can be news twice. Just depends on how its packaged.
So HNIC's interview with Scotty Bowman on Saturday night, while well-done by host Ron MacLean, was a case in point.
Many news outlets are breathlessly now writing and broadcasting stories on the interview, particularly the part where Bowman tells how he was turned down by the Leafs - or Richard Peddie - last August as the team's new hockey boss.
All good stuff. Just old.
Bowman said all of this several months ago on The Fan 590 morning show, where he is one of the weekly insider guests.
He talked about his discussions with Larry Tanenbaum. He talked about meeting with Peddie, and then eventually being told his services weren't required.
This is not to say, by the way, that HNIC was claiming it was breaking new ground with the Bowman interview. It's just others who weren't paying attention back in the fall when Bowman first laid out the entire course of last summer's events who are interpreting this is as hot new stuff.
So to repeat myself, I don't think the important point here is whether Bowman would or would not be a good choice. It would depend on the role and the job description and the authority he was given.
What's interesting is that Peddie, who has a history of hiring weak, inexperienced executives to run the basketball and hockey operations, was clearly not interested in Bowman mostly because, having already given up ground to Bryan Colangelo on the Raptor side of the things, he wasn't will to do the same on the Leaf side.
He wasn't willing, essentially, to hire his own replacement as Leaf president.
So choosing to tell Bowman to take a hike had nothing to do with hockey, or building a championship team in Toronto.
It had only to do with MLSE politics.
And that's nothing new either.