Yesterday, it was reported that Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman was in attendance at the Montreal Canadiens-Nashville Predators game in Canada. It was believed he was there to view someone (or multiple someones) from the Habs roster.
Bowman appears to be even busier than we had originally believed, however. Now it’s being reported Bowman is on the seating chart for tonight’s Winnipeg Jets-Dallas Stars outing.
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That’s a pretty solid list of confirmations that Bowman will be attending the affair. I’d say there’s a negative percentage chance he’s there to see anyone from the Stars, so it’s likely he’s watching the Jets, who are comfortably holding down last place in the Central Division. Of course, that immediately supports the ongoing rumor the Blackhawks are interested in one of their former players, left wing and current Jets captain Andrew Ladd.
It has been widely reported the Blackhawks are pretty heavy into discussions to acquire Ladd, so it’s not at all surprising Bowman is in attendance for a game in which Ladd will play. Does this necessarily mean the Blackhawks are right on the doorstep of acquiring Ladd? Not necessarily, but when a team’s GM actually shows up to see a guy play, you can bet he’s high on that team’s list of trade-deadline options.
A Blackhawks scout is also, reportedly, attending tonight’s game between Toronto and Nashville. The guess would be the Blackhawks are interested in someone from the Leafs, who are among the league’s worst teams this season.
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Bowman’s recent sightings at opposing teams’ games seems to indicate the team is leaning toward adding a top-line left wing before it considers adding another defenseman. Personally, I still think the Blackhawks need a defenseman first, but Bowman’s track record is far better with forwards than with defenseman in his tenure as Chicago GM. I would lean toward giving Bowman the benefit of the doubt if he only decides to add a left wing.
What do you think of this latest news regarding Bowman? Let us know in the comments.