Putting together a winner.
The Blackhawks are in their second straight Western Conference finals (finished second in the West during the regular season) and a lot of that comes thanks to the handiwork of new Panthers general manager Dale Tallon.
Tallon was at the forefront of drafting, signing or aquiring 16 of the 20 players that took part in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals against the San Jose Sharks (a game in which they won 2-1).
Below is the list of the 16 players that Tallon had a hand in getting on the team, how they were brought to the team and what position Tallon held at the time of the acquisition. Tallon has used all three avenues in getting the players assembled, drafting five of them, signing seven more as free agents and acquiring four more via trades.
|PLAYER ||ACQUIRED ||POS. |
|Dave Bolland ||drafted in the 2nd round (32nd overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft ||Asst GM |
|Troy Brouwer ||drafted in the 7th round (214th overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft ||Asst GM |
|Brian Campbell ||signed as a free agent on July 1, 2008 ||GM |
|Ben Eager ||acquired from Philadelphia for Jim Vandermeer on December 18, 2007 ||GM |
|Jordan Hendry ||signed as a free agent on March 18, 2006 ||GM |
|Niklas Hjalmarsson ||drafted in the fourth round (108th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft ||GM |
|Marian Hossa ||signed as a free agent on July 1, 2009 ||GM |
|Cristobal Huet ||signed as a free agent on July 1, 2008 ||GM |
|Patrick Kane ||drafted in the first round (first overall) in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft ||GM |
|Andrew Ladd ||acquired from Carolina for Tuomo Ruutu on February 26, 2008 ||GM |
|John Madden ||signed as a free agent on July 2, 2009 ||GM |
|Antti Niemi ||signed as a free agent on May 5, 2008 ||GM |
|Patrick Sharp ||acquired from Philadelphia with Eric Meloche for Matt Ellison and a 2006 3rd round pick on December 5, 2005 ||Asst GM |
|Brent Sopel ||signed as a free agent on September 28, 2007 ||GM |
|Jonathan Toews ||drafted in the first round (3rd overall) in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft ||GM |
|Kris Versteeg ||acquired from Boston for Brandon Bochenski on February 3, 2007 ||GM |
Drafted - 5, Signed - 7, Trade - 4
The only players currently on the Blackhawks roster not to be added thanks to Tallon are Duncan Keith and Adam Burish (2002 NHL Entry Draft) and Brent Seabrook and Dustin Byfuglien (2003 NHL Entry Draft).