Blackhawks discard GM Smith
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The 56-year-old Smith has had a rocky relationship with head coach Brian Sutter, ultimately leading to his dismissal.
"It had become apparent to me toward the end of last season and the beginning of this year that our general manager and head coach were not on the same page," said Pulford. "From personal experience, I can tell you that hockey is a team game and everybody has to be pulling in the same direction. That just was not happening here."
Smith was the associate general manger for the Toronto
Pulford was the head coach and general manager for the