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by Paul on 07/15/09 at 09:01 AM ET
from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,
It was a bizarre day on Madison Street, with Stan Bowman, son of Hawks’ pay-no-attention-to-the-man-behind-the-curtain senior adviser Scotty Bowman, being elevated from assistant general manager to general manager. Tallon was dropped from GM to senior adviser.
And then there was Hawks Chairman Rocky Wirtz weighing in on what Stan Bowman brings to the job that Tallon couldn’t.
“He’s 36, Dale’s 58,” Wirtz said. “We always want younger people, so what he brings is a system in place to get better. It’s nothing that Dale was doing, but also Dale’s at the tail end of his business career. I’m at the tail end. I’m 56. I want my son and cousins to do better than I am. I have a son who’s 32. I hope they are constantly pushing me.
“We constantly want to bring younger people up in the organization. We don’t want a bunch of players that are 42 years of age on the ice. There’s a reason for that.”
Paging Dale Tallon: Your attorney is on line 2 talking excitedly about an age-discrimination suit.
added 10:14am, from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Sentiment - bordering on outrage - best describes how many NHL people responded to the news of Dale Tallon’s dismissal as general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks.
However, anyone shocked by this move by team president John McDonough didn’t pay attention to the constant speculation of Tallon’s demise at varying points of the season.
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