TSN is confirming the rumors that Rick Dudley has left the Chicago Blackhawk organization to join the Atlanta Thrashers.”Rick has informed me that he has resigned from his position with the Blackhawks to pursue other opportunities,” said Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon in a statement. ”I would like to extend my gratitude to him for his work with our organization and certainly wish him well in the future.”
The TNS story cites Dudley as becoming an assistant GM with the team…Craig Custance has indicated that his title could be associate GM.
Rick Dudley played in the NHL for the Buffalo Sabres and Winnipeg Jets as well as the Cincinnati Stingers of the WHA.
He was the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres from 1989-92. He’s also spent time behind the bench in Florida and has an overall record of 98-89-43 as a coach…he went 4-8 in the playoffs while with the Sabres.
He was the general manager for the Ottawa Senators during the 1998-99 season. The Sens won the Northeast Division that year with 103 points, scored 239 goals and let up just 179. However, they were swept in the opening round of the playoffs by the Buffalo Sabres who went on to win the Eastern Conference Championship.
Dudley was senior vice president and general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning for 2-1/2 years as they built a Stanley Cup championship team earlier in this decade.
He was hired as a consultant by the Blackhawks in 2004 and was then hired as assistant GM there in 2006.
Rick Dudley was born on January 31, 1949 in Toronto, Ontario and grew up in Port Hope, Ontario. He is married to Ja-Hee.
OK…so I’ll let the speculation begin as to whether or not this means the Thrashers are going to “Rich McKay” Don Waddell in the near future…in essence, handing over the general manager’s duty to Dudley while performing the Executive Vice President’s role full time.
Either way, I see this as very positive news. Even…do we dare say…movement in the right direction.