Few NHL general managers inherit a Stanley Cup contender the moment they enter the job. Job security is generally a matter of results—if a team is doing well, then there isn’t much cause to replace management.
However, an oversight by then-general manager Dale Tallon in the summer of 2009 saw him relieved of his duties, despite the fact that the Blackhawks reached the playoffs for the first time in seven years. Stan Bowman was promoted to GM after acting as a special assistant to Tallon for three years.
Since then, he has brought in a plethora of young talent and seems to be building towards maintaining a solid franchise in the Chicago Blackhawks.
However, as general manager, Bowman has not pulled many rabbits out of his hat.
Bowman’s biggest critics often cite his inactivity as the most detrimental part of his tenure, since he has done very little to replace the cluster of talent he was forced to relent after winning the Stanley Cup in 2010. As it stands, though, he has made some perplexing moves as general manager of the Hawks as well.
Here are some examples: