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Report: Hawks GM Dale Tallon fired

From Chicago Sun Times:

The Blackhawks fired general manager Dale Tallon late Monday and replaced him with assistant GM Stan Bowman, according to Comcast SportsNet. An official announcement is expected today.

Blackhawks spokespeople couldn’t be reached for comment.

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Tallon last week took the blame for the Hawks’ failure to tender qualifying offers to eight restricted free agents on time. He was able to re-sign all of them, including forward Kris Versteeg and defenseman Cam Barker, but the mistake was a major embarrassment for the team.

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Well it appears that Hawks GM Dale Tallon couldn’t survive the debacle that resulted from the Hawks failure to tender qualifying offers. 

If this report is accurate (Hawks web site still has Tallon as GM, but in addition to the Chicago Sun Times, it is being reported by From the Rink’s James Mirtle as well as the Chicago Tribune) that this is now the Stan Bowman show.  The Chicago Tribune did a very informative piece on the possible new Interim GM of the Hawks back in May.  With his father as Senior Advisor (hockey operations), a capable coach in Joel Quenneville and an up and coming team, things should be very exciting and expectations will be quite high in the Windy City next season.