Idiot Of The Week: Bowman The Only Reason For Wings Success

First off, a disclaimer:  This entire idea has been shamelessly ripped off of JJ From Kansas’ temporary series over at Winging It In Motown, Things I Have Read This Week Which Make Me Laugh.   If you want to see some great mocking of a St. Louis Blues fan, read this.  It’s great. 

Anyways, moving on to the point.   This is what I found as the first comment on the Toronto based Globe and Mail

Where to start with this idiocy?  Let’s go with claim one.   There’s no question that Scotty Bowman was a genius coach.  But the real reason behind their playoff success?  Come on.  

Let’s do a quick comparison after the break

First, take a Scotty’s record with Detroit in the playoffs.   

Remember, that was during the freespending, pre-salary cap era, where deals brought in guys like Shanahan and Hasek  Now here’s Mike Babcock’s record:
So the difference between Bowman and Babbles is .038% in the playoffs.   Hell, considering the salary cap, I’d argue that the Wings have done BETTER under Babcock than under Bowman.  When you have Drew Miller on the third line compared to Luc Robitaille and can pull off a comparable winning percentage, that means something.  

So clearly this guy’s an idiot.  But then he claims that Lidstrom was the guy who failed to shake hands?  Wow.  Way to get that wrong. 

Following the game on Friday, Crosby allegedly skipped the post game handshake line, choosing instead to celebrate. He did shake hands with several players moments later, but Wings captain Nicklas Lidstrom and veteran Kris Draper weren’t among them.

“Nick was waiting and waiting, and Crosby didn’t come over to shake his hand,” Draper told reporters after the game. “That’s ridiculous, especially as their captain, and make sure you write that I said that.”

So clearly this is just a guy who hates the fact that Detroit is a dynasty and has won the Cup four times since the last time the Cup was last lifted in Canada.