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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 07-14-2009, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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Hawks fire Tallon?

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports...,7150683.story

"The Blackhawks have fired general manager Dale Tallon and Stan Bowman will be named his replacement, according to a report.

Comcast SportsNet reported late Monday that Tallon, who had been GM of the Hawks since June 21, 2005, and had built the Hawks into a Stanley Cup contender, was out and that an official announcement would be made Tuesday.

Tallon put together a team that reached the playoffs for the first time in seven years and advanced to the Western Conference finals during the 2008-09 season.

But he came under fire last week for sending qualifying offers to restricted free agents late, causing them to be delivered after the deadline set by the NHL's Collective Bargaining Agreement.

The eight players, including Kris Versteeg and Cam Barker, all were signed to contracts, and the NHL Players' Association withdrew its grievance.

Tallon was in the final year of his contract, and last Wednesday, in his first comments after the filing snafu, he said he had not asked for an extension.

When asked if he planned to ask for an extension, Tallon said: "I have a contract. I'm not worried about it. I've been here for 32 years. I don't see any reason to have to do that. That will take care of itself."

Tallon had been a member of the Hawks' front office since the start of the 1998-99 season, when he was appointed director of player personnel.

Before that, he had a 10-year career as a player in the NHL, including a five-year stint with the Hawks from 1973 to '78.

After retiring from the NHL following the 1979-80 season, he served as the Hawks' color analyst for radio and television broadcasts for 16 seasons.

Bowman, the son of legendary NHL coach and current senior adviser for hockey operations Scotty Bowman, has been with the Hawks' organization for eight seasons, including the last two as assistant general manager."

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The Hawks have been doing so many things "right" lately, I hope this isn't the move that stops their upward momentum.
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From http://blackhawks.nhl.com/team/app/?...ticleid=442603 :

The Chicago Blackhawks have promoted Stan Bowman to General Manager and have reassigned Dale Tallon to the position of Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations.

“We are very proud to promote Stan to his new position of General Manager,” Blackhawks President John McDonough said. “He brings a comprehensive knowledge of hockey, along with a tremendous intellect and methodical approach to building a successful team and sustaining success. His involvement with our organization and strong understanding of our roster and our system create a very natural and strong transition. Dale will continue to be an important part of our organization, as he has been for many years.”

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sounds like a bit of PR and damage control is happening with Talon

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Couldn't keep him there after that big mistake last week. Who knows.. Players union might have even sent a nice letter
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