REPORT: Stan Bowman Negotiating An Extension...Wait, What?

I laughed out loud when I read this. John McDonough and Rocky Wirtz are turning into Jerry Reinsdorf right before our eyes. Look, I understand that I don’t know everything that is going on behind the scenes. I’ve been advocating for Stan’s firing since he fired Joel Quenneville last Fall, but I certainly understand the other side of the argument. Stan was the steward of three Stanley Cup championships in 6 years. Even if he wasn’t the architect of those championships he certainly did a good job building around the core of Toews, Kane, Keith, Seabrook, Hossa, Hjalmarsson, and Crawford that was in place. If you don’t want him fired based upon past accomplishments then that is fine. I don’t agree with you because it was poor trades, cap management, cap forecasting, asset management, contract negotiating, and drafting that has led directly to the downfall since the summer of 2015. Even if you give Stan 100% of the credit for the 2013 and 2015 Cups, you also have to blame him for the failure that is failing to win a single playoff series while have Toews and Kane in their late 20s. That failure should in theory get you back to neutral where you can’t possibly argue for an extension even if he’s managed to get Strome, Caggiula, Perlini, and De Haan in the last 6 months or so, those moves were correcting his own mistakes to a degree AND…they haven’t won anything with any of those players so it’s too early to chalk those up as a win. So yeah, let’s just pump the brakes on extension talk because he straight has not earned that. At best he should be allowed to play out the next two years and worst he should be fired. An extension is preposterous. It’s hard to have faith in the leadership of John McDonough when he is making decisions like this and instructing his PR people to make sure that Kirby Dach thanks him by name in his introductory press conference…allegedly.