Sources: Tallon out as Hawks' GM

Updated: July 14, 2009, 11:14 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Despite helping assemble a team that went to the conference finals, Dale Tallon is out as Blackhawks general manager, sources told ESPN.com's Scott Burnside.

Mark Giangreco, of Ch. 7 in Chicago, said he talked to Tallon on Tuesday morning, and Tallon reportedly said he will remain with the Blackhawks as a consultant/senior adviser.

Tallon's ouster was first reported by Comcast SportsNet in Chicago late Monday night.

It is believed assistant GM Stan Bowman, son of legendary coach and current Blackhawks advisor Scotty Bowman, will be offered Tallon's position.

Tallon had trouble recently when the team didn't mail out qualifying offers in time to a number of free agents, including rookie of the year candidate Kris Versteeg. All of the players ultimately signed with the team but not before the players association filed a grievance.

Though the incident was embarrassing for the team, it may have had little to do with Tallon's firing. He was a holdover from the regime before the Blackhawks named former Cubs executive John McDonough president of the club.

Tallon was named general manager of the Blackhawks in 2005. He is responsible for drafting young talent like Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews and acquiring Patrick Sharp and Versteeg. He also signed high-profile free agents Brian Campbell, Nikolai Khabibulin and Cristobal Huet. The Blackhawks went from 65 points in Tallon's first season to 104 last year when the Hawks eventually lost to the Red Wings in the conference finals.

Stan Bowman has been an assistant general manager with the Hawks for almost a decade. He has been primarily responsible for contract negotiations, collective bargaining agreement issues and free agency.

Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com.

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