July 14, 2009 | 12:01am ET (Last Updated: 11:53am ET)
Blackhawks fire GM Tallon

TheFourthPeriod.com

TFP has confirmed that the Chicago Blackhawks fired general manager Dale Tallon late Monday and an official announcement will be made on Tuesday.

TFP Columnist and Comcast Chicago anchor Josh Mora has also confirmed that Stan Bowman, the club's assistant GM, will be taking over as GM.

"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."

Tallon will remain with the organization as Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations.

"Dale will continue to be an important part of our organization, as he has been for many years," McDonough said.

Tallon, 58, was named the eighth GM in team history on June 21, 2005. Prior to becoming GM, he served as assistant GM, and was the club's director of player personnel from 1998-2002.

Tallon's job as GM had reportedly been on the fence since the Hawks season had ended.

Sources close to the situation tell TFP "the embarrassment over the negative publicity of the contract situation (regarding the club's restricted free agents) was the clinching blow."

The Blackhawks were believed to be late in notifying the agents of their main RFAs that they had received qualifying offers. As a result, the Hawks had signed those players, including Cam Barker and Kris Versteeg, to new contracts.

Bowman, 36, becomes the ninth GM in Blackhawks history after serving as Assistant GM, Hockey Operations, for the previous two years.

"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."

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