Rick Bowness agreed to a two-year contract to return as coach of the Dallas Stars on Thursday.
“(General manager) Jim [Nill] was very easy to work with. He wanted me back, I wanted to come back,” Bowness said. “It wasn’t that difficult a decision, so the negotiations were very easy. Jim and (Stars owner) Tom [Gaglardi] were great. The term is not a big issue. I still love the game, I still have lots of energy and passion for the game, and that’s going to continue for a while longer. We’re not ready to go yet.
“That time in Edmonton (the Western Conference hub city for the postseason) was unlike any experience I have ever had in hockey, and it brought us together as a staff and as a team. We had a great run to the Stanley Cup Final, but we have some unfinished business left and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to build on what we started.
Bowness was promoted after Jim Montgomery was fired Dec. 10, 2019, for unprofessional conduct. The Stars were 20-13-5 in 38 games under Bowness and advanced to the Cup Final, when they lost the best-of-7 series to the Tampa Bay Lightning in six games.
“Rick now has his fingerprints on the team, he knows how he wants to play a certain way, he knows the adjustments he can make, and the players understand that now,” Nill said. “I just think, as we move forward here, there’s still going to be a lot of uncertainty. And that’s one thing we talked about in the bubble, that every day there’s going to be stuff thrown at us, we can’t dwell on it, we can’t panic on it, we just roll with the punches.
“We face some uncertainty moving forward here. When do we start? How long’s the season? What’s the format going to be? How many games are you playing in a week? So knowing you have somebody in charge, the players know he’s in charge, they respect him, he respects them, he knows what buttons to push, I think that’s very important.”
Bowness was hired as a Stars assistant June 22, 2018, after five seasons as associate coach of the Lightning. The 65-year-old is 143-302-8 with 48 ties as an NHL coach for the Winnipeg Jets (1988-89), Boston Bruins (1991-92), Ottawa Senators (1992-96), New York Islanders (1996-98), Phoenix Coyotes (2003-04) and Stars.
“Probably around January we started to feel more comfortable and I thought, ‘I want to keep doing this,”’ Bowness said. “But it goes to another level in the playoffs, and once the playoffs started there was no doubt in my mind I wanted to keep doing this. There came a point where I didn’t want someone else to come in here and take this seat over. This is a tough league to win in, as you know. I couldn’t give you an exact date, but sometime around January, I wasn’t going to let this team go. Again, it took another level once we got to the playoffs. I’m just thrilled for the opportunity.”
Bowness, who has been an NHL coach for five decades, played 173 NHL games in six seasons from 1975-81 with the Atlanta Flames, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Jets.
“Rick knows how to balance things,” Nill said. “He’s got the passion, he’s willing to call a player out, he’s willing to talk to me about some situation, but they’re healthy discussions and there’s a respect there. Anyone who knows Rick Bowness, they know the respect. It’s communication with respect, and he’s got that through the organization. That goes with experience, that goes with who he is, the person on and off the ice, his family life, those things, they just don’t happen. that’s what’s made him successful.”
NHL.com staff writer Tracey Myers contributed to this report
Report: Lamar Jackson tests positive; Ravens closing facility until Monday – theScore
The Ravens are closing their team facility until Monday at the earliest, reports ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Jackson, the 2019 NFL MVP, is the latest in a long line of Ravens players affected by the virus, and the reported developments throw the status of Sunday’s game against the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers into doubt. Should the game proceed as scheduled, backup quarterback Robert Griffin III would likely start for Baltimore.
The matchup between the AFC North rivals was supposed to cap off the NFL’s Thanksgiving tripleheader. Instead, the league announced Wednesday the game would be moved to Sunday.
Baltimore already has 10 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, and it appears Jackson could soon join them. The team first placed third-string quarterback Trace McSorley and defensive back Iman Marshall on the reserve list last Friday before Sunday’s loss to the Tennessee Titans.
The Ravens then placed running backs Mark Ingram and J.K. Dobbins and defensive tackle Brandon Williams on the reserve list Monday while announcing that multiple members of the organization had tested positive for COVID-19. Linebacker Pernell McPhee joined them Tuesday, while defensive end Calais Campbell and offensive linemen Matt Skura and Patrick Mekari hit the list Wednesday. Baltimore placed defensive end Jihad Ward on the list Thursday morning.
Baltimore disciplined a staff member Wednesday for reportedly failing to report his COVID-19 symptoms and failing to consistently wear a mask or tracking device inside the team facility.
Head strength and conditioning coach Steve Saunders was the staff member in question, sources told Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. The team has reportedly suspended Saunders.
Twitter Reaction: Fans reveal their favourite Rogers Centre memories – Sportsnet.ca
There are no certainties just yet, but there is a possibility the Toronto Blue Jays could have a new home stadium.
Early Friday morning, the Globe and Mail reported that Rogers Communications Inc., the parent company of the Blue Jays as well as Sportsnet, and Brookfield Asset Management Inc. are working with city, provincial and federal officials on a plan to demolish the Rogers Centre. The plan would reportedly rework half of the property into a new, baseball-first stadium at the south end and the other portion into residential towers, office buildings, stores and public space.
Of course, the Internet immediately became abuzz with thoughts and opinions on the matter, with Sportsnet’s Sid Seixeiro leading one particular conversation:
Never failing to deliver, fans, pundits and sports teams alike responded with a plethora of great moments. Here are some the best:
I saw Michael Jordan play there a long time ago.
— Masked Dad (@RyanJHTurvey) November 27, 2020
The jays were losing 19-1 so I started a Let’s Go Raptors chant and got on the jumbotron. Then later that night we beat the Bucks to go to the finals pic.twitter.com/icJjw6hXH3
— matt (@mattdavirro) November 27, 2020
Rogers Centre plans on hold amid pandemic despite report of possible demolition – CBC.ca
Rogers Communications Inc. says it was exploring the future of its Toronto stadium prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the virus has caused it to put those plans on hold.
The telecommunications company and owner of the Blue Jays baseball team says its primary focus this year is keeping staff safe and maintaining operations, and it has no update on the status of the Rogers Centre stadium.
The statement comes after the Globe and Mail reported Friday that Rogers and Brookfield Asset Management Inc. were looking to tear down the stadium as part of a larger development project.
Citing unnamed sources, the Globe says the two companies would build a new stadium half the size on the southern part of the current site and use the remaining land for residential towers, office buildings, stores and public space.
Brookfield declined to comment on the matter.
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