Special guest Rick Bowness joins Frank Seravalli and Jason Gregor in this episode of DFO Rundown. As the new head coach of the Winnipeg Jets, Rick outlines the organization’s decision to remove Blake Wheeler as team captain for the upcoming season. He also spoke about his decision to join the Jets after a four-year stint as Dallas Stars head coach and the factors that led him to finalize a deal with the organization. Having shared the unique experiences of being a head player coach, Rick describes his time coaching while serving a penalty during his time with the Sherbrooke Jets.
Before the interview with Bowness, Frank and Rick analyze the settlement of Evander Kane’s contract and its impact on the Sharks’ salary cap. In the final segment following the discussion with Bowness, the list of restricted free agents is discussed, as many recognizable names are unsigned leading up to training camp. As boot camp is about to begin, they give us their main storylines to watch in boot camp and what internal positional battles might be in the spotlight. Evander Kane contract settlement – 00:01:19
Rick Bowness joins the show – 06:19
Rick Bowness’ thoughts on Blake Wheeler – 07:56
The factors to join the Winnipeg Jets: Rick Bowness – 17:26
The experiences of being a player-head coach – 26:07
RFA Contract Talks – 33:42
Boot Camp Scenarios to Watch – 47:21