BLUELINES: Possible Scotty sightings

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  • Whispers say that, yes, Scotty Bowman would return as an NHL coach, but, no, his wife, Suella would prefer he forget about it. But, should the want him — and Bowman accepts — he'd be a short trip from the family home near Buffalo.
  • Bowman also points out that only one of the 24 highest-paid players in the league — — still is playing.
  • Bowman returns to Manhattan, June 16, for the Canadian Society of New York Hockey Dinner, with Ken Dryden, Bob Gainey and Larry Robinson among the guests.
  • San Jose insiders say Dave Nonis, John Weisbrod and John Ferguson, Jr. had the best interviews after Doug Wilson, but all three lacked Wilson's strong San Jose ties.
  • Watch for a announcement about a Director of Player Personnel. Lanny McDonald is the name mentioned by our Calgary gal, Debbie Elickson. We're betting on Jim Playfair ending up as the ' coach, too.
  • The ' personnel situation is far from settled. We're told to expect significant changes from here to the opener. Unless Peter Laviolette and Mike Milbury are exactly on the same page by the draft, the pot will sizzle in Uniondale.
  • Pity bad-luck , who was hurt yet again during the recent World Championships while playing for Czech Republic. This guy can't catch a break.
  • Phoenix has three goalies — , and — and the most likely scenario is that one will be traded. Philly — possibly interested in either Boucher or Burke — is a potential dealing partner.
  • Expect back for one more campaign, mainly because No. 66 just re-acquired his old pal from Tampa. No way Bergy returns if Mario isn't in the lineup.
  • Can Toronto's new AHL club survive in a big-league city? Our probing produces a mixed reaction. Naysayers cite high costs in a metropolis like T.O., meaning a high-average attendance is a must.
  • The plague of broken sticks continues, and most of the blame points to the new-age composite models. Synergy sticks are made of carbon, graphite and Kevlar.
  • Tampa Bay's ownership group lost $32 million on its hockey and arena operations last year, according to a consulting group hired by the team.
  • Improvement in value of the Canadian Dollar — from 65 cents to 75 cents compared to U.S. — means huge savings for Canadian teams on salaries.
  • Professional Hockey Players' Association holds its 10th Annual Charity Sports Memorabilia Golf Classic July 21-22 in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
  • is now part of the Mississauga Ice Dogs ownership group.
  • A first-ever USA Hockey Expo — designed to showcase USA Hockey through seminars, workshops and clinics — will be held June 17-22 in Pittsburgh.
  • What's next for ? Would the be interested? Glen Sather loves to rehab veterans.
  • Expect Atlanta's 2002 first pick and second overall, Finnish netminder Kari Lehtonen, to finalize a deal in the range of fellow first-rounders and ($7-8 million). expect the 19-year-old to attend training camp and likely start the season in the AHL with Chicago.
  • Prior to the playoffs, Boston sportscaster Eddie Andelman predicted the would win the Cup. He then proceeded to bet $200 on each Anaheim game. "I now have enough money to take my wife on a trip to Hawaii," Andelman tells us. "Go Ducks!"
  • Following the recent meeting between Bob Goodenow and some NHL agents, one rep tells us, "In terms of getting together with the NHL, the sides are so far apart, they can't even agree on how the letter 'A' should look!"
  • Yet, there are those who still believe that, despite harsh Goodenow rhetoric, a deal would be preferable for players, rather than killing the goose (NHL) that laid the skaters' golden eggs.
  • Anaheim's on J.S. Giguere: "Sometimes I look forward to the games themselves — not the scrimmages — to get my confidence back. Because he's so tough to beat in practice!"
  • Now that the sister Disney club, baseball's Anaheim's Angels, have been sold for $180 million, Ducks-watchers are wondering when the Mighty Ones will find new ownership.
  • We've often said that is the NHL's most underrated defenseman. He is underlining the point in the Ducks playoff run, shutting down big guns like and . "Keith has been the backbone (of the team)," says . "He's fantastic in the playoffs, making incredible defensive plays and moving the puck up with his first pass."
  • We're betting will announce another season with Colorado. "I still have some good hockey in me," says Roy. "Raymond Bourque told me when he retired that, physically, you feel certain things. It hasn¿t happened to me yet." That doesn't sound like retirement talk.
  • Wayne Gretzky and Tiger Woods golf together when skeds permit.
  • and his mediocre playoff goaltending is getting much attention from the Edmonton media. "There's room for improvement," says Kevin Lowe and that says it all.
  • The betting in Boston is that Mike Sullivan leads in the race to be the ' head coach.
  • 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 post-game features and reports for both the and on FSN. His columns appear regularly on MSGNetwork.com.
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