Rick Bowness Has Taken the Scenic Route to the Stanley Cup Final

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Watching Rick Bowness and Jim Nill taking questions on the eve of the Stanley Cup final, it’s hard to believe that a little less than three decades ago, both of them were part of the brain trust of one of the biggest laughingstocks in NHL history. Of course, $50 million back in the day didn’t buy you quite as strong an expansion team as $500 million did for the Vegas Golden Knights almost 30 years later. Bowness was the first head coach of the Ottawa Senators and Nill was an original scout. And there was pain.