So the Blackhawks have a new GM today in Stan Bowman. I’m not so sure what Dale Tallon did wrong to get demoted, but president John McDonough and chairman Rocky Wirtz obviously have their reasons.
Was it the mistake made in sending out those qualifying offers late to the restricted free agents? How could it be? In the press release sent out by the Hawks announcing Bowman’s promotion, it touted the 36-year-old as the guy in charge of all collective bargaining matters and contracts.
Wouldn’t that put Bowman in charge of making sure the offers went out on time? You would think so.
Tallon was hardly incompetent, as some have suggested. He made some shrewd trades (Versteeg, Havlat, Sharp), drafted well and put together a fast and exciting team that packed the United Center went to the Western Conference finals.
He simply wasn’t McDonough’s guy, or a Rocky Wirtz guy. Period. Tallon had too many ties to the ugly past, was too much his own man, talked to the media too much and was too honest with the press for the new power guys.
This new Hawks organization is many good things, but you the fans and us the media only hear what they want us to hear, from Wirtz to McDonough to Joel Quenneville. Pretty soon they’ll be telling Adam Burish to shut the heck up.
Tallon told me last spring he thought he would get fired if the Hawks lost the Flames in the first round. He saw the writing on the wall. It wasn’t hard to miss.
Now the pressure is on Bowman to keep the ball rolling toward a Stanley Cup. It's a very good team he inherits and there can be no mistakes made going forward. Bowman never has been a GM, which is curious that McDonough would hire someone with such little experience.
These new Hawks have only gone after the best available to this point, from players to Quenneville. Can the 36-year-old Bowman get the job done? We shall soon find out.