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Tallon Out As Blackhawks GM Primarily Due To Free Agent Snafu
Published July 15, 2009
|Tallon Reassigned To Senior
Advisory Position With Blackhawks
NOT JUST ABOUT FREE AGENT SITUATION: SI.com's Allan Muir wrote a "lot of the speculation about this firing will center on the improperly-filed qualifying offers that failed to reach eight of the team's restricted free agents in time," but "no one should think that a GM is actually licking stamps and dropping off contracts in the mail." Tallon, like Bowman, was a "rare holdover" from the era of late Blackhawks Owner Bill Wirtz, but Bowman "had his connections to the new group thanks to the hiring of his father, Scotty, as a senior adviser last summer." Tallon had "no ties to the new regime." The restricted free agent situation "may have led to Tallon being pushed out the window, but he clearly put himself on the sill" (SI.com, 7/14). Chicago Tribune reporter Chris Kuc said of the free agent situation, "I think ultimately they wanted to get rid of Dale Tallon in that job, and I think they used this as the excuse to get rid of him." Kuc: "One thing that I have learned in watching this team since John McDonough took over is what John McDonough wants he gets. If you are not a John McDonough guy, you are going to see the door" ("Chicago Tribune Live," CSN Chicago, 7/14).
TALLON DESERVED BETTER: The GLOBE & MAIL's Eric Duhatschek writes, "This is a bottom-line business and the bottom line in Chicago was that under Tallon's watch as the primary hockey voice, the Blackhawks became relevant again." Bowman is "brand new at this," and the "best thing that can be said for this move is that Bowman can learn a lot from the man he replaced, someone who rid the team of its losing culture and made them a factor again on the Windy City sports scene." Duhatschek: "For that, Tallon deserved a better fate than he received" (GLOBE & MAIL, 7/15).