Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/29/05 at 01:38 PM ET
One of the NHL's "Original Six" franchises, the Blackhawks have stumbled badly of late, missing the playoffs six of the last seven seasons after making them in 28 consecutive campaigns. They also have not won the Stanley Cup since 1961, the longest drought in the NHL. A major reason why the Blackhawks had become a laughingstock around the NHL was the club's management, which drew the label of being "cheap." However, after the 2004-05 season was wiped out by the lockout, the NHL implemented in the new collective bargaining agreement a $39 million salary cap, something the Blackhawks were more than ready for. Owner Bill Wirtz and first-year general manager Dale Tallon suddenly took an aggressive approach. "We are changing, you have to, with the times," Tallon said. "It's a different era than it was. This is the direction we want to go in now and how we handle things." "Going into this, Dale, Pully (senior vice president Bob Pulford) and Mr. Wirtz had a plan and said they would spend money, and they did," assistant coach Denis Savard said. Yes, spend money they did.
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