Everyone knows that Dale Tallon was the man behind the curtain,
building the Chicago Blackhawks into the team they were this past season
as the won the coveted Stanley Cup. Forget that Tallon also managed to
put the Blackhawks into an incredible hole when it comes to the salary
cap; he deserves credit for making the moves needed to build a very
deep, very talented and very successful team.
What isn’t clear is
just how much credit the team will Tallon, who is now the GM of the
Florida Panthers. Dale Tallon isn’t worried however, as he stated during
on WSCR-AM this morning.
“Listen, this organization
has been very good to me for 33 years and I
expect them to take good care of me,” Tallon said. “I have no concerns
about that. It’s a class group and as I’ve said, I expect everything to
be done in a classy manner. They’ve always taken care of me.”
likely no way that Tallon gets his name on the Cup, although many
believe the team will see to it that he does receive a Stanley Cup ring.
When Tallon was demoted last summer after his famous paperwork gaffe,
he stayed on with the organization in a limited capacity, while Stan
Bowman took over general manager duties.
Some small news out of Vancouver this evening after the Canucks
released a statment that leading-scorer Alex Burrows had undergone
successful shoulder surgery, “for damage suffered during the course of
“At the conclusion of our season and after further consultation with our
medical staff it was determined that shoulder surgery was the required
procedure for Alex,” Gillis said in a release.
Not much to add,
other than Burrows is expected to be ready to go in time for training
I’m guessing Burrows isn’t an avid ping pong player, as we
never got wind of any disputes over whether the injury was hockey
related or not.
There’s been speculation this was coming ever since last week, but
with the Stanley Cup finals now over we have the formal announcement
coming: Rob Blake will retire, announcing his retirement at a 11 a.m.
press conference on Friday morning.
David Pollack at the San Jose Mercury News:
Since the only real suspense surrounding Blake is whether he’ll
immediately slide into a front-office job someplace or take some time to
decompress, the logical talking point then becomes who will succeed the
40-year-old defenseman as Sharks’ captain. The obvious co-favorites
for the ‘C’ at this point would have to be Dan Boyle or Joe Pavelski,
but don’t look for any answers this Friday.
Pollack goes on to say that he doesn’t expect for the next captain to
be announced right away.
It was hoped that Blake would provide the same presence on the San
Jose Sharks blueline that Chris Pronger did for the Flyers, yet was
never able to help the team get over that hump and into the Cup finals.
was first drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in 1988 and spent 12 seasons
in LA before moving onto Colorado via a midseason trade in 2000. He
spent five seasons with the Avalanche, winning a Stanley Cup in 2001
before heading back to Los Angeles in 2006.
Blake will finish his
career with 240 goals, 537 assists and 777 career points in 1,270 games
in the NHL.