Before Stan Bowman and the front office of the Chicago Blackhawks could get down to business with their player moves this offseason, they had a bit of work to do internally, dealing with the front office.
Former assistant general manager, Kevin Cheveldayoff, departed last week after getting a chance to take over a franchise in Winnipeg, where he will serve as general manager for the yet-to-be-named squad that is in the process of moving from Atlanta to Winnipeg.
Chevy’s former role, as Stan Bowman already has said, didn’t have much of an effect on that Blackhawks’ plans for the draft, as that wasn’t his area of expertise for the Hawks. What he did manage, and Bergevin will be working on presumably, is the everyday financials of the squad, especially for a team that floats as close to the fringe of the salary cap as the Blackhawks do.
His replacement was found somewhat quickly, with the Hawks promoting Marc Bergevin to the role of assistant GM on Wednesday. Bergevin formerly served as the Director of Player Personnel for Chicago. The 2011-12 season will be his seventh year in the Blackhawks organization.
To replace him, the Hawks promoted Norm Maciver from Director of Player Development to Bergevin’s former role as the Director of Player Personnel. In the third promotion of the day, Kyle Davidson was promoted to Hockey Administration Coordinator.
Other news in the front office involved a much bigger name, with Chicago extended the contract of Scotty Bowman, who has served as a Senior Adviser of Hockey Operations since 2008. Having Bowman involved with the franchise in any capacity is surely a bonus to these Blackhawks, as the man has been involved with 12 teams that have hoisted the Stanley Cup.