Then there's Scotty Bowman, who has won eight Cups and had already been elected to the Hall of Fame as a builder in 1991, even before he helped to assemble the Red Wings, who won the Cup in '97 and '98. Bowman, 66, has been contemplating getting out of coaching for the past few years, and he would love to run the Rangers' show.
Bowman has the status and the strength of spirit to handle the heat in New York. Ferreira's time at Disney, owner of the Mighty Ducks, has conditioned him to working in a corporate environment such as the one at Madison Square Garden. There's a good chance one of those two men will be with the Rangers next year.
Hockey Video Game
Too Close to The Real Thing
In a newly released video game from EA Sports, NHL Rock the Rink, cartoonish figures are used in a feature called "Wrestling in the Rink," in which players are urged to do things like "hit 'em hard with the Clothesline." The game, billed as MADNESS ON ICE!, has been sanctioned by the league and by the NHL Players' Association, both of whose logos appear on the box.
The league signed off on the game's release last summer, and spokeswoman Bernadette Mansur says the NHL feels comfortable with the sanctioning because the game received an E rating from the Entertainment Software Ratings Board, meaning its content had been been deemed suitable for everyone and because the game's cartoon nature divorces it from the actual sport. Whether the league would sanction the game today—in the aftermath of the Marty McSorley and Scott Niedermayer stick attacks last month—she would not say.