Ramblers-Bottomley to meet this afternoon

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Jim Bottomley is meeting with Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers president Jim Henwood in a last ditch effort to reach a new contract.

AMHERST – The Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers are going to take one more attempt to resign their coach to a contract.

Club president Jim Henwood is scheduled to meet with Jim Bottomley later today at the Amherst Stadium in a last ditch attempt to come to a contract agreement.

“One way or another this will be resolved today, Henwood told the Amherst Daily News Thursday morning. “This was never a question about whether we want Jim Bottomley back because we do want him back. It’s a question of what we can afford.”

Henwood announced Wednesday that Bottomley would not be returning for the 2013-14 season saying the two sides were far apart on money.

While he said Wednesday that the club is moving on, Henwood said Thursday that he would like nothing more than to walk into this afternoon’s meeting and hammer out an agreement that works for both.

“There’s still a light at the end of the tunnel,” Henwood said. “We’d like to save this relationship, but at the end of the day when we started this marriage we knew it wasn’t going to be a long-term marriage.”

Henwood said the team cannot afford to spend an additional $16,000 bill to cover the cost of bringing Bottomley back and forth to Amherst to coach the hockey team. It’s a price the club wouldn’t have the pay if the coach was from the area or lived in the area.

The Ramblers organization has been taking a hammering on both the Amherst Daily News’ website (cumberlandnewsnow.com) and on the MJAHL Network chat site with numerous posters showing their support for Bottomley and questioning the team’s decision not to bring him back.

“This is outrageous!!!,” a reader identified as Hockeymom posted on cumberlandnewsnow.com. “Something needs to be done, and fast before some other team scoops him up.”

A poster identifying himself as a former player called the decision a mistake.

“Jim was a great coach and an even better GM, made tons of great moves and I’m glad he brought me in to finish my career as a Ram.”

Another an questioned whether letting Bottomley go was a sound business decision.

Organizations: Amherst Daily News, Ramblers organization, MJAHL Network

Geographic location: Amherst Stadium

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  • Steve
    May 23, 2013 - 15:59

    After some reflection I expect that a deal will be reached. These are probably regular negotiations that made their way into the press in error or a day too soon. Everyone wants what is best for the club, including the executive. I suspect they are a bit surprised at the overwhelming support for the coach and will put something on the table that works. Wait and see and it will unfold that something will be ironed out that will be performance based that will satisfy all parties. It will give Coach Bottomley the incentive to produce a winner and at the same time keep the financial house in order for the team. We might never hear the details but that will be the bottom line. It certainly appears from the statements in the paper that both parties have the same goal in mind and the pressure to do what is right for the team and town will win out in the end.

  • Alain Vigneault
    May 23, 2013 - 12:31

    What if the team built him an apartment in the upper deck of the Stadium, similar to what Harold Ballard had at Maple Leaf Gardens, with a hoist with a bucket on the end so fries with gravy could be raised and lowered directly to his kitchen from the canteen?

  • Ram Fan
    May 23, 2013 - 12:17

    I'm guessing Mr.Henwood was not much of a fan of the Ramblers before his reign as President to make the suggestion a local coach would ultimately be best for the organization . Just three seasons ago Amherst was on the verge of losing our local club because of that same mentality . Ridiculous to think letting Jim go could possibly a sound business investment. Spend money make money- simple! Get the contract renewed today and keep Jr. A alive in Amherst

  • Justagirl
    May 23, 2013 - 10:41

    Dont mess this up ramblers exec! if the diff between him returning or not is 16,000 give your head a shake, by providing amherst with many extra playoffs games in the last two years, he has more than made up that amount, Get it right for once.

  • Jack On The Rocks
    May 23, 2013 - 10:41

    Hmmm,funny how they could afford travel money when the team had no major sponsor..now that they have one...no money...leaves some unanswered questions out there....

  • noodle
    May 23, 2013 - 10:40

    "Henwood said the team cannot afford to spend an additional $16,000" to keep Bottomley. I would say the team cannot afford not to spend the additional money. This coach has put the team and the town back on the map and you'd have to be completely blind not to see this. This smacks of a control issue on the part of the executive rather than any sound decision-making for the good of the team. A ticket increase of $1 would more than cover the cost of this increase so what's the problem here? Put the ticket price up and then resign your posts because you clearly either haven't a clue or are too wrapped up in your own egos to do what's best for the team.