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Yes, no longer will the Dallas Stars’ coach officially be named as Interim Head Coach. While talks are continuing during this unconventional off-season, something is cooking in the oven.
Rick Bowness, even at sixty-five showed the world he can get things done behind the bench.
His passion to coach is among the biggest talking points amongst NHL coaching.
Bowness spoke on his passion for coaching with the media after the Stanley Cup Final.
“What I learned is that I still have the passion to compete, I still have the passion to coach,” Bowness said. “I know I’m getting up there, and there’s a lot more behind me than ahead of me. But I still have the passion. That’s the most important thing. … I’m just going to keep pushing.”
Stars’ General Manager Jim Nill asserted the long time coach is here to stay.
“My plan is that Rick Bowness will be our coach moving forward,” Nill said. “I still need to sit down with him and work on everything else, but the plan is that he will be our coach moving forward.”
Well earned for Rick Bowness.
Players including Captain Jamie Benn expressed their enthusiasm for playing for their coach.
“He’s a coach you want to do everything for,” said Stars captain Jamie Benn. “It’s been a crazy year for all of us, and especially for him. To come in halfway through the year, jump into a head-coaching role, can’t be easy.”
Rick Bowness is currently close to reaching a deal with the team. When that deal gets finalized he will have a near same team that won the West. The best goaltending tandem in Anton Khudobin/Ben Bishop, and the NHL’s best defensive group.
Starred by (pun intended Miro Heiskanen, John Klingberg, and Jamie Oleksiak, the offense is often the most talked-about issue for Bowness’ team but they still have Joe Pavelski for another two years, and they just signed up and coming to Star (pun intended again) Denis Gurianov aka Denis Scorianov.
Details on his two-year deal can be seen, here.
We don’t know how the Stars will fare in the 2021 season, or even when it will even start yet.
But, if you can guide your team to a Stanley Cup Finals appearance like Rick Bowness did you certainly deserve a shot.
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