posted at 3/6/2013 2:20 PM EST
In response to Bookboy007's comment:
In response to perrysound's comment:
Since I have not read your other postings on Tallon, then I can't comment. From what I've seen and read, he's loved by his players, and he seems to have a pretty good handle on talent evaluation. Anyone can get lucky once - Glen Sather - so it does remain to be seen if he can do it again. That Chicago team was mostly his except for a few moves, mostly the Coaching Change.
He has found a way to get and acquire loads of Draft picks that are cheap and exciting, but building a team is another story. We'll see in the next couple of years.
Basically, there were posters here last year who thought Tallon was a genius. He's not - for the same reason that Ray Shero is not and Chiarelli may well be. That is, a great deal of his success is due to the team being awful at the right time, leading to the acquisition of Kane and Toews. His moves at the draft and through signings and trades don't look like genius, including the acquisition of first Khabibulin and then Huet at huge dollar costs, adding Campbell for big dollars then watching him become the 3 or 4 D behind Keith and Seabrook. People who give him too much credit point to Bochenski for Versteeg. Well, that's one that was a low risk play for a 5th round pick, and it worked out in large part because Versteeg could hang with Kane. No Kane and I think Versteeg struggles to become a regular.
Unlike Chiarelli or Shero, Tallon was the director of player development, Assistant GM and GM leading up to the lockout. He was as responsible for the Hawks being bottom feeders as he was for their better moves in that span, including drafting Byfuglien, Bolland, Brouwer, Keith and Seabrook. And, of course, he is responsible for fax-gate, but fax-gate wouldn't have been as big an issue if the Hawks weren't wasting dollars on players who didn't play for them. You do have to give him credit for hiring Quenneville, I suppose, but that's not much different than taking Kane or Toews in the draft - low hanging fruit.
In a way you are defeating your own argument here. He did get the easy ones as he should in Toews and Kane, but you do say he got the "lesser-lights" right, which is what the good GMs do. "Byfuglien, Bolland, Brouwer, Keith and Seabrook" were huge in the Cup run. As for fax-gate, ya he screwed up big.
And yes the goaltending signing were very questionable, to put it nicely. And if not for Niemi, they don't win the cup
Campbell. I am a fan. I thought he was very solid and moved the puck extremely well in the Cup run. I saw a lot of the Hawks games, since they are such a pleasure to watch. (I only have so much time to watch games, so I pick the teams I like) He isn't Keith, but then again not many are. He is over-paid for a very good D man, but poor point producer, that was until last year. But I think that was due to him being the only decent D they had to send out, much like Toronto does with Phaneuf. Plus acquiring Campbell was an easy one - he could take on a good expensive player because it brought him to the cap floor.
But the jury is still out on him. If he doesn't start winning consistantly, with all that high-end young talent, and soon, then I think it is fair to trash him. But at the end of the day, it all comes down to one thing. Goaltending. You got it, you look good. You don't and you're an idiot.
We'll see what happens in Florida. Calling him an idiot is probably an over-reaction. Better, maybe, to call him Brian Burke south. He's active, he pulls the trigger on things and they either work or they don't. If you're lucky as a GM, that's not a bad strategy - you either get better fast or you tank hard and have high draft picks. Right now, they're tanking hard and look like they'll add another really top notch young player to Huberdeau, Kulikov and Gudbranson. And the test for Tallon will be to make the necessary moves to surround those kids with supporting players - not named Kovalev.