Hawks names Pulford full-time GM, fire three in front office

Updated: November 5, 2003, 4:13 PM ET

CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks continued to clean house Wednesday, firing three members of the front office while taking the interim tag away from general manager Bob Pulford and naming Dale Tallon his assistant.

The moves came less than two weeks after Mike Smith lost a power struggle with coach Brian Sutter and was fired as GM.

Pulford took over - his fourth stint as the team's general manager - and had a hand Wednesday in letting go of assistant general manager Nick Beverley, director of player evaluation Marshall Johnston and director of amateur scouting Bill Lesuk.

Johnston and Lesuk were hired by Smith. Johnston was general manager of the Ottawa Senators from 1999-2002 before he accepted a position with the Blackhawks on July 16, 2002.

Just 3 1/2 months after Smith got the job, Lesuk joined him on October 26, 2000. Lesuk had been part of the Winnipeg-Phoenix franchise for 20 years.

Tallon joined the Blackhawks' front office for the second time. He was the team's director of player personnel from 1998-2002 before returning to the radio booth prior to the 2002-03 season.

A first-round pick of the Vancouver Canucks in 1970, Tallon played 10 NHL seasons, including five with the Blackhawks (1973-78). After 16 seasons in the broadcast booth, he joined Chicago's front office.

Tallon had a hand in drafting Steve McCarthy, Pavel Vorobiev, Michael Leighton and Tuomo Ruutu, all of whom remain with a team that has made the postseason just once since 1997.

"I always felt that I had some unfinished business," Tallon said.

Smith had just begun his fourth season as the Blackhawks' GM and his third year working with Sutter, whom he hired in May 2001. But Sutter and Smith didn't see eye-to-eye, and management chose the coach.

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