0-6 Thrashers Can Coach Hartley

'We just couldn't let it go any further,' GM says after ugly start
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 17, 2007 6:33 PM CDT
0-6 Thrashers Can Coach Hartley
Atlanta Thrashers Executive vice-president and General Manager Don Waddell speaks during a news conference where he announced that head coach Bob Hartley was fired in Duluth, Ga.,Wednesday, Oct. 17,2007 in Atlanta. Waddell will serve as interim coach until a replacement is hire. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Goodwill from the franchise's first playoff appearance last spring couldn't save Atlanta Thrashers coach Bob Hartley, fired today after the team began the NHL season 0-6. "We just couldn't let it go any further," general manager Don Waddell said of an ugly start which saw the Thrashers outscored 27-9 and left them as the only league team without a point.

Hartley, who led Colorado to the 2001 Stanley Cup, took over during the 2002-03 and compiled a 136-123-32 record. No replacement was immediately named, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, with assistant coach Brad McCrimmon directing today's practice. "It's an uncomfortable situation," Thrashers captain Bobby Holik said. "It's not Bob's fault, it's everybody's fault." (Read more Bob Hartley stories.)

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