Chicago Blackhaws GM Tallon did no favors for his club

Tony HagenContributor IFebruary 29, 2008

Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon did nothing to help his club. The Blackhawks are looking to make a run for the playoff for the first time since 1997-1998 season. Tallon looks for the club, who has been in rebuild-mode for years now, to make a push.

The issue is that Chicago has tons of young talent, but who is going to lead them?

The defense has Brent Sopel, an 11-year-pro who is the most seasoned vet on the defense core, out with a broken or cracked wrist.  

Last night against the Dallas Stars it all came out. Sure, young talent can bring energy and excitement but it does very little in guidance and direction. Robert Lang, Martin Havlat and Andrei Zyuzin, all out of the lineup, help no one on this team.

Tallon should have made it a priority to get a solid veteran defensemen to help strengthen the backend and lend some sort of help to his goaltenders. Patrick Lalime and Nikolai Khabibulin have been hung out to dry. No effort appears to have been made to salvage what was a promising start to the season.  After all, the Blackhawks did beat the NHL’s top team, the Detroit Red Wings in four out of the first five meetings.

So what is to become of the Blackhawks?  Another disappointing end to a season that many, including myself, thought would be the year they make the playoffs?  

Well, it’s probably safe to say that there will be no playoff run this year, and if the Blackhawks do nothing during the off season to get a veteran presence on the team, they will have the same results next season as well.

So that I am not the only one left scratching my head, wondering what happened, why was there no acquisitions during the trade deadline, will it be said there was nothing worth getting? I can’t believe that.

Will it be said that Tallon did look into trying to get some experience depth for the team? I have heard nothing to prove or back that statement up. Will it be said that our youth will see us through and be the future of this team? Well, I have heard that over and over and it’s a sound thought. The question is who is going to teach them? How will they develop into top players without veteran leadership?

The answer is: they won’t.

People are chanting for Savard’s head to be severed from the team. The truth is, Savard is doing a very sound job.   The issue is that he can only work with so much. No one is a miracle worker; not even Denis Savard can make top players out of young talent in a single season. I would venture to say if you talked to Denis Savard, knowing that no one would ever find out what he said, he would say he would give parts of his body for a few healthy, veteran players—ones that could help develop his young talent and help him bring them along.