Rick Bowness is adjusting to his new normal in the wake of unexpectedly being named coach of the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
Bowness took over for Jim Montgomery, who was fired because of "a material act of unprofessionalism," Stars general manager Jim Nill said. Bowness has since coached Dallas to a 2-0 win against the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday and ran his first full practice Thursday.
The 64-year-old also joined co-hosts Dan Rosen and Shawn P. Roarke on the latest episode of NHL @TheRink to talk about the whirlwind week and what the future could hold.
Bowness, who has been behind the bench for more games than any other coach in NHL history, said nothing he's seen or done in his career has prepared him for this week.
"To be honest, I'm still in shock," Bowness said. "I still haven't gotten over it because as we all know when a team is struggling you can somehow sense, OK, they're not listening, it needs a new voice, it needs a change. Whatever the reason is you can sense that and you can just feel it. This came completely out of the blue and when I was informed of it the other morning it took me 100 percent by surprise. As I mentioned, I'm still in shock, still have not gotten over it, but the cold reality in this profession and anything else is you have to move forward quickly."
In addition to Bowness, Washington D.C.-based NHL.com staff writer Tom Gulitti joined the podcast.
Gulitti, Roarke and Rosen talked about the impact of the Washington Capitals' 3-2 win against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday, offered opinions on which team is better, discussed the San Jose Sharks coaching change and what it means for Pete DeBoer, and touched on the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Rosen and Roarke also reviewed the news from the NHL Board of Governors meetings this week and opened a discussion on the upcoming 2020 NHL Trade Deadline (Feb. 24), including how it might impact the New York Rangers' goaltending situation with Henrik Lundqvist, Alexandar Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin.
Finally, Rosen and Roarke did a quick breakdown on offense in the NHL game today and what it means to have nine players currently on pace for 100 points this season.
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