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07-25-2013, 09:01 PM
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Originally Posted by eva unit zero View Post
Didn't Bowman recommend Barry Smith?
Yes.

Devellano was good friends with Lewis (going back to the Islander days) and him and Holland choose Lewis over Smith. Bowman was good friends with Smith and wanted him to take over as head coach after the 97 season. Devellano and him clashed over it, then the limo accident occurred and Scotty decided to come back. There was all kinds of rumblings behind closed doors that Bowman and Devellano did not get along. Scotty was the one that went to Ilitch and told him to match the Carolina offer sheet for Fedorov. He did not want draft picks for a team that was in "win now" mode.

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