PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Dale Tallon is the architect of this version of the Chicago Blackhawks that has the best chance of ending the NHL's longest current Stanley Cup championship drought.
Only Tallon isn't part of the club anymore. After making most of the big moves that turned the Blackhawks from also-rans just a few years ago into title contenders now, Tallon has moved on to try to work similar magic with the Florida Panthers as their general manager.
Still, his former Blackhawks players keep in close touch. Many texted him with congratulatory messages last month when he got his second chance with the Panthers. And this close relationship goes both ways. When Tallon was in Philadelphia this week for GM meetings, he sent many best wishes to the team with which he spent four decades.