Some stunning news out of Chicago early this morning as the Blackhawks have allegedly fired general manager Dale Tallon. According to Comcast SportsNet, he has been replaced by Stan Bowman, the team's senior advisor for hockey operations.
This move comes in the wake of Tallon sending qualifying offers to the team's restricted free agents after the deadline set by the NHL's collective bargaining agreement. All eight players who received offers, all re-signed with the club.
Tallon, a former Penguins defenseman, has held the general manager's position since 2005. He has been with the Club in some executive capacity since 1998. Previous to that, he had been a defenseman with Chicago for five season in the 1970s.
Under Tallon, the team has turned from one of the worst in the league to a Staney Cup contender.
Bowman is the son of former Penguins coach and Hockey Hall of Famer Scotty Bowman.
EN Says: Uh. Wow. Really. Wow.
We know what Tallon did with the restricted free agent offers was embarrassing but was did it merit a firing?
There have always been whispers that Tallon wasn't a favorite of team president John McDonough. But if a personal preference came into play with this decision, why wait until after the draft and after free agency started to make the move?
Things in Chicago may have taken a turn for the better when owner Bill Wirtz passed away two seasons ago, but they might not have been totally corrected. The Blackhawks have a nice young core of players and they're on the verge of really screwing up something special with some highly questionable moves the past few seasons such as the signings of Marian Hossa, Brian Campbell, Cristobal Huet and this latest development.
Update: Tallon was officially re-assigned within the organization.
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