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STARS GM CONFIRMS THE PERMANENT COACHING JOB BELONGS TO BOWNESS IF HE WANTS IT

At this stage of the game, I feel like it's alright to admit that most did not see this level of success from the Dallas Stars coming, given some of the powerhouse teams coming out of the Western Conference this season. But, nevertheless, here we are, with the Stars just five wins away from hoisting the Stanley Cup, and who better to appreciate for the success than interim head coach Rick Bowness.

Bowness, 65, and his relentless Stars squad have already knocked off the Flames and the Avalanche, and are just one win away from dispatching of the WC favourites (arguably), the Vegas Golden Knights and advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.



On Saturday, Stars GM Jim Nill indicated that the permanent head coaching gig belongs to Bowness, if he has the desire to continue on as a head coach in the NHL. Should the veteran coach accept the position, it will be his first run in the role on a permanent basis since 1997-98, when he coached the New York Islanders.

"He's earned it. And I hope that down the road he wants to be the head coach," Nill commented to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman.

Earlier on in the season, Nill had been vocal about refusing to comment on Bowness' future with the team until the Stars began their offseason. It's not surprising that his tune has changed, due to the impressive run that Bowness and the Stars have been on.

Dallas boasts a record of 12-8 through 20 playoff games so far, which includes round-Robin play.

MIKE ARMENTI
SEPTEMBER 13, 2020  (11H24)
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