I think chaining him to his desk would be considered "Unlawful Restraint", which is illegal. THAT would be one of the dumbest things a hockey team can do.
Letting go of Scotty Bowman = dumbest thing a hockey team can do.
Classy move by the Hawks. Their fans (at least the more vocal ones) may be crass, and their players may be jerks, but the front office are a great group. Very nice thing for them to do.