So now that Brian Burke has officially left Anaheim, there’s about 20 teams interested in what he might bring to the table. Not surprisingly, the Hawks are on that list. Scott Burnside has this to say about their chances of landing him.
The Blackhawks are on the crest of a significant renaissance in Chicago, suddenly relevant after years of being a joke. Multiple sources have said there is an unease between new president John McDonough and GM Dale Tallon. The Blackhawks already have made a number of dramatic personnel moves in recent months, bringing in legendary coach Scotty Bowman as an adviser, then firing coach Denis Savard four games into this season. The team is playing well and has the potential to do more than simply qualify for the postseason. Yet, it is not beyond the realm of possibility that the chance to bring in a top manager such as Burke would be attractive to ownership. It might not be fair to Tallon, who has assembled an enviable cast of young players, but sometimes the game is anything but fair.
I’m not going to get too much into the ‘what if’ because if Burke doesn’t end up in Toronto, I would be shocked, but the interesting thing in Burnside’s paragraph is that multiple sources have confirmed a rift between Tallon and McDonough. Wherever Burke ends up, I don’t think it’s going to matter much for Dale because if the President doesn’t like him and the Consultant(Scotty Bowman) isn’t crazy about him, then I’d say it’s only a matter of time before the New Regime has completely taken over.