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1971 Ted Blackman Column - Jim Bishop, Red Wings

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1971 Ted Blackman Column - Jim Bishop, Red Wings

Interesting column by Ted Blackman in The Gazette:

http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...=621%2C1379534

So was it Ned Harkness or Jim Bishop?

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Nice find C58. Easy enough to point the finger at Ned Harkness, but who hired him & why, and who hired the guy who hired Ned and again, why? If we simply follow the chain, obviously, the Buck Stops on Norris's desk. Too bad for Detroit, the fans & players, Coaches, Scouts & Administrative staff the Bruce there was looking at life & business through the bottom of a glass. Bishop Im sure had the best of intentions, however, he was decidedly a minor leaguer playing in the Bigs', ill suited to the job of re-building the franchise. In his defence, he inherited a mess, again though, look to Bruce Norris if one wishes to apportion blame. Ancient history now, but an interesting study to be sure.

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Nice find C58. Easy enough to point the finger at Ned Harkness, but who hired him & why, and who hired the guy who hired Ned and again, why? If we simply follow the chain, obviously, the Buck Stops on Norris's desk. Too bad for Detroit, the fans & players, Coaches, Scouts & Administrative staff the Bruce there was looking at life & business through the bottom of a glass. Bishop Im sure had the best of intentions, however, he was decidedly a minor leaguer playing in the Bigs', ill suited to the job of re-building the franchise. In his defence, he inherited a mess, again though, look to Bruce Norris if one wishes to apportion blame. Ancient history now, but an interesting study to be sure.
In retrospect the biggest weakness of NHL ownership seems to have been building and sustaining a management team.

Smythe/Selke failed. Jack Adams was a one man show. In Montreal, Selke transitioned to Pollock who did not pass the torch very well.

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In retrospect the biggest weakness of NHL ownership seems to have been building and sustaining a management team. Smythe/Selke failed. Jack Adams was a one man show. In Montreal, Selke transitioned to Pollock who did not pass the torch very well.
Indeed. We went from in a lot of cases ego driven ownerships, interference with management & coaching, scouting decisions & recommendations over-turned, a great many decisions based on self interest from a business perspective, to the corporate culture, employing professionals and leaving them alone to do their jobs without interference. However that too has been problematical, as there has been a resistance to change, Coaches & Managers re-treads, just moved around the board, lack of new blood, new ways of thinking. Clearly Bishop in Detroit meant well, but when you have epic failures like that in Detroit, the rest of the league will be even more resistant to experimentation and change.

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