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BLUELINES: Bowman-to-Blueshirts never got serious

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  • One insider whispers that Scotty Bowman never seriously considered himself a candidate for the ' coaching job. Stories suggesting otherwise — according to our source — were Bowman-inspired merely to annoy Glen Sather. Scotty's pipeline was Pierre McGuire, who buzzed throughout the playoffs that Bowman would come to the Blueshirts. Meanwhile, the ' coaching job appears to be Larry Robinson's if he can hammer out a deal with Sather. Major issues include team control (non-interference) and the status of , among others. One who would ecstatically embrace Robinson is his former pupil, . Robinson says, "The deciding factor will probably be my wife, and what she thinks. She's got to be comfortable with this."
  • The ' is available and already has been offered to at least one Western team. The Isles' captain's leadership and performance down the stretch has been critically questioned.
  • The Lou Lamoriello-to-Boston rumors finally were squelched by the GM following the Cup win. "I have no intentions of going anywhere," says the champ-maker.
  • owner Charles Wang continues to float the idea that he'd buy the Nets and move them to Nassau Coliseum as co-tenant with his . It's part of his bid for a new Coliseum which isn't likely to happen because of the county's fiscal problems.
  • Goalie 's supposed return to Boston may be detoured through Denver or Philadelphia. 's retirement leaves a vacancy in Colorado while Philly also is in the market for a new netminder now that has moved to L.A. The may have the edge since two of Hackett's former Habs-pals, and , are . If Hackett leaves Boston, all the B's would have to show for would be minor-league defenseman .
  • Concussion victim is enrolling at the University of Memphis law school after finishing an economics degree at the University of Manitoba. Slowly, Stu is returning to A-1 health. "I'm able to walk a couple of miles now (without headaches)," he says.
  • should return for another year in Anaheim.
  • tells us he's working on a rink/restaurant complex in New Jersey with his business partner. That could hasten his retirement decision in the next week or so. An upcoming meeting with Lou Lamoriello will decide Dano's future.
  • No question, more severe goalie equipment rules will be a product of summer meetings. Everyone — but goaltenders — has become sick and tired of the oversized equipment. Anaheim netminder 's pads, etc. were under scrutiny during the playoffs, but warden Colin Campbell offered a revealing observation, noting, "He (Giguere) is straddling the borderline." Meaning he's about as close to illegal as one could get.
  • Now that the playoffs are over, we can look back on the contrast in trade-deadline acquisitions. helped Anaheim to the seventh game of the finals. And then there was in Toronto. Or, wherever he was.
  • Injury-plagued is available in Pittsburgh, but he's an expensive ($4 million) gamble.
  • Should Boston be interested in , Philly would have to take overpriced off the ' hands. Which isn't likely since Bob Clarke is in a payroll-cutting frame of mind.
  • Keith Jones and appeared together on a Philly radio station and each called Ed Snider the best owner for whom they ever played.
  • Gary Bettman hosts ownership Tuesday at the Waldorf-Astoria in Manhattan. The Board of Governors' meeting will zero in on the health of the 30 teams and strategy for the projected CBA war.
  • Expect a ton of trades at the draft. Budget-cutting teams will be directly involved. High-payroll clubs are trimming salaries and looking for draft picks. With that in mind, GM Darcy Regier is expected to unload his No. 5 pick for experienced talent. Florida GM Rick Dudley is interested in dealing his top pick and could ask for . Dudley brought Samsonov over from Russia to play with the IHL Detroit Vipers when he was GM there. Mike O'Connell could very well be interested. If he doesn't get an offer to suit him, Duds says he'll happily use the pick.
  • If Detroit fails to keep , Ken Holland may go after Tampa's . At least that's what Prospal thinks.
  • The should be naming their coach momentarily. But it doesn't look like Peter Laviolette is in the running. "We're just looking for a healthy understanding of the game and what it takes to win and hopefully we get along and he can get along with the players and it's a guy the players can believe in," says Mike O'Connell.
  • likes money. We say he'll like it again in Denver in 2003-04.
  • The only thing nuttier than Craig Patrick hiring Ed Olczyk was the GM being misty-eyed through the new coach's opening speech. "I cry when I'm happy," explains Patrick. "I need a psychologist or something!" Known as "The Hockey Maven" in both local and national circles, Stan Fischler is one of the most outspoken authorities on the game of hockey. Fischler can be seen offering NHL analysis on "MSG SportsDesk" and on Fox Sports Net's "Regional Sports Report — New York Edition." Fischler also provides studio interviews and pre- and postgame features and reports for both the and on FSN. His columns appear regularly on MSGNetwork.com.
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