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Flashback #85: Dale Tallon Fired (2009)

Seventh overall draft pick Jack Skille poses with chief amateur scout Michel Dumas and general manager Dave Tallon. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Seventh overall draft pick Jack Skille poses with chief amateur scout Michel Dumas and general manager Dave Tallon. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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As of 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary on January 3rd, the station has begun to reveal (in chronological order) the Top 100 Chicago Sports Stories that have occurred since they first went on the air 20 years ago. Once all 100 of these “flashbacks” have been revealed, fans will be able to vote for which stories they believe are the most significant in the 20 year history of The Score. To see all of the Flashbacks that The Score has posted so far, please visit 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary page.

July 13, 2009 – Blackhawks fire Dale Tallon

Shortly after the 2009 season concluded, the Blackhawks decided to part ways with general manager Dale Tallon .

Tallon was named the Blackhawks GM on June 21, 2005 after serving as the assistant general manager since 2003.

He had been a member of the Hawks’ front office since the 1998-99 season, when he worked as the director of player personnel.

In his final season as general manager, Tallon’s roster reached the playoffs for the first time in seven season, making it all the way to the Western Conference Finals.

Tallon came into some controversy a week before he was fired when he sent qualifying offers to restricted free agents late, causing them to be delivered after the deadline set by the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement.

After firing Tallon, the Blackhawks hired Stan Bowman as their new GM, who brought a Stanley Cup to Chicago in his first season.

The Score will continue to release a new Flashback each weekday until they reach 100. Check back tomorrow for a new one, or check out all of the previous Flashbacks: 670 The Score’s 20th Anniversary »