The Chicago Blackhawks have reassigned general manager Dale Tallon and replaced him with Stan Bowman.
Tallon helped build an up-and-coming Blackhawks team virtually from scratch since he took over as general manager in 2005. Chicago improved each of the last four seasons, culminating in last year’s trip to the Western Conference. He helped assemble the pieces that have the Blackhawks set up for a run at the Stanley Cup next season.
Tallon will remain with the team as Senior Adviser of Hockey Operations.
“I have been with this organization in several different capacities since coming over as a player in 1973 and although my position has changed, my goals have not,” Tallon said. “In my new role as Senior Advisor, Hockey Operations I will continue in any way that will help make this a better product on the ice. I’ve seen Stan come up through our ranks and I’m confident he is the right person to step in. This is what is best for the Chicago Blackhawks.”
Chicago promoted Stan Bowman, the son of famed coach and Blackhawks adviser Scotty Bowman. He will be the ninth general manager in the team’s history.
“It is an extreme honor to accept this promotion with the Blackhawks, an Original Six franchise,” Bowman said. “Over the last eight years I have been intricately involved in every facet of our Hockey Operations and take great pride in the talent and character that we have assembled. We will not rest until we reach our goal of winning the Stanley Cup and establishing consistent success for the Chicago Blackhawks and our fans.”
Bowman takes over a team that, again, is in a great position to compete for a Stanley Cup with great young players like Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp along with free agent acquisition Marian Hossa.
Bowman spent the last two years as the team’s Assistant General Manager, Hockey Operations where he dealt with CBA-related matters, including salary arbitration, negotiating contracts and assigning minor league players. He has been with the Blackhawks in some capacity since 2001.
“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.”
The championship expectations for the upcoming season might leave the move as a bit of a surprise.
It is no secret Chicago is bumping up against the salary cap after spending big to acquire free agent Marian Hossa.
Speculation that management was not happy with Tallon after he was involved in a small paperwork snafu when the team was late filing qualifying offers to the team’s restricted free agents. Most of them were re-signed anyway and it is questionable whether the team lost any money — outside of the small negative PR.