No “Bones” about it, Some people think the new head coach of the Winnipeg Jets, Rick Bowness, is in a particularly vulnerable situation. I think the opposite. I believe Bowness is in the strongest position he’s ever been in as a head coach.
The man in his late ‘60s. This will almost certainly be his last head coaching stint. When there’s no fear of repercussions there’s no fear of being fired. It would merely mark the beginning of a comfortable retirement. With this “can’t lose” mentality, Bowness has the kind of freedom many coaches can only dream of. He can and will do it his way.
He made that blatantly apparent when he stripped Blake Wheeler of the captaincy. Wheeler had worn the Jets “C” for six years. Bowness had been in town for less than two weeks.
There’s a new sheriff in town.