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Who could have seen this coming, really?

“Great job with the Campbell deal. You’re fired.” “lolwhut?”

Rumor has it Dale Tallon is getting the axe.

NO! Not a cap genius like him…..

It would have been fun watching him run that team into the ground over the next few years.

I suppose enough dumbassery happened this summer to sustain us.


The story was breaking late last night via various tweets, and early in the morning, Kukla’s Korner made it as good as official (as did TSN). All of the reports seem to go back to this report from Comcast Sports Net in Chicago, written by Josh Mora:

Late Monday night sources told me the Blackhawks had fired Dale Tallon as GM and replaced him with Assistant GM Stan Bowman. With Rick Dudley already gone to Atlanta this off-season, it means that the Blackhawks have turned over virtually their entire front office since John McDonough came in as president, with Bowman the lone exception.

That’s a good point…it was easy to point at the Qualifying Offers blunder as a reason for dismissal, or the RIDICULOUS Brian Campbell and Cristobal Huet contracts (…and Marian Hossa, potentially). Perhaps these were just reasons to put the final touches on a regime change.

As much as I would have enjoyed next summer as he struggled with the abacus and Duncan Keith, Patrick Kane, and Jonathan Toews, I HAVE to think a Bowman will work some magic.