nhl

Thrashers fire head coach Hartley

Bob Hartley

Bob Hartley

10/17/2007 11:40:23 PM

After six straight losses to open the season, the Atlanta Thrashers have fired head coach Bob Hartley.  General manager Don Waddell will take over behind the bench on an interim basis until a replacement can be hired.

With all six losses coming in regulation, the Thrashers have yet to register a point this season and sit last in the overall standings.  They are also 30th in the league in goals scored with nine and trail only the Kings and Maple Leafs in goals against 27.

"It's obviously something that I felt we had to do," Waddell said in an interview with The Canadian Press. "We started the year 0-and-6 and if you go back to last year how the playoffs went for us, we've lost 10 games in a row. And I didn't see anything that was going to change for us."

 "Whether Bob should be the victim here or not, time will tell, but unfortunately in this business coaches all have shelf lives," said Waddell. "And Bob's has wore out I believe here. And it's time for the guys to hear a new message."

The power play has also been abysmal, scoring only twice in 26 chances with the man advantage.  Part of the Thrashers' power play woes can be attributed to the loss of Marian Hossa to injury.  Hossa, who scored 43 goals last season, has missed three games this year with a groin injury.


 

"It was a shock," Thrashers defenceman Garnet Exelby told The Associated Press on Wednesday. "I don't think anybody saw this coming. It's only six games. Sometimes changes need to be made. At the same time, it tells all of us it's a big wake-up call and we need to fix this."

The Thrashers won the Southeast Division title last season and earned their first trip to the playoffs while posting a franchise-best record of 43-28-11.  However Hartley was under fire after Atlanta was swept in the first round by the New York Rangers after the team loaded up at the trade deadline, acquiring Keith Tkachuk and Alexei Zhitnik.






NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1i_hate_leaf_fansThe wrong guy got fired here. Atlanta mortgaged th ...
2derekrannieHello Pat Quinn! Quinn will be announced within 2 ...
3stargill70i thought that they would give him at least 4 more ...
4jhalbersma00I do disagree with this...Atlanta has no horses be ...
5melia99wont make much of a difference but good call anywa ...
6brickwall031Ran-dy Cunney-worth, Ran-dy Cunney-worth, .... ...
7leafsforever13Not Hartley's fault, Atlanta is just horrible. The ...
8wyldehockeyI'm somewhat shocked, but not. This team shouldn't ...
9jofa6000Bob will get hired by some other team this season. ...
10lafreniereHe won't be out of a job for long! ...
11ILthrasherfanThat's a start, now get rid of Waddell before trad ...
12SuperSakicI don't think it was his fault. I mean, he only ha ...
13hedortales23this is a good move. After a certain amount of ti ...
14millie14what a mess, another team that wanted the quick fi ...
15RidersareforrealNot the coaches fault. All the best Mr. Hartley i ...
16rangershockey78not really a shocker here, the team is frustrated ...
17pic1983hopefully no one snags hartley right away because ...
18BuffaloJillWadell should be fired, not Hartley ...
19Shutout18Bad move. Hartley was Atlanta's only chance at th ...
20kahuna01Wadell covering his butt. Its Wadell who put that ...
21somanycatssofewrecipiesPerhaps they should have played a bit better, and ...
22avsforlifeHe won't stay unemployed for long, unless he wishe ...
23IGGYFORPM1Hartley is a terrible NHL coach and it makes me ha ...
24sal1117Bob had to play the hand dealt him by as STUPID a ...
25netaspDon Wadell should get fired and not Bob, the team ...
26tosports1Good, Hartley was an overrated coach, they had off ...
27jay815in many similar situation like this....the coach i ...
28joebearsonDon Wadell, whose guarantee that his Thrashers wou ...
29HallgrenHartley will resurface, Waddell will be gone soon. ...
30gregorcorbechevToo bad.. good team just didn't respond to the coa ...
31habswincup11 Waddel is the second worst GM, how is he going to ...
32gsp175I like Quinn but is this his type of yeam? Small ...
33stughattsGood point "tosports1" - He was a good coach at ti ...
34ndhawksDon Wadell and the owners are to blame. They've do ...
35gate16Gretz. grab him as an associate coach and then ste ...
36maritimerinottawaNice cover Wadell... hate to tell ya you'll be nex ...
37califoneWhile I agree that Waddell did little to nothing i ...
38elguappoTo quote a player who once played for Hartley - ...
39HipCheck60Hartley is the first to go this year and as usual ...
40Marsvoltahow is this his fault??? fire their gm if you are ...
41thatoilguyWrong move for this team, they need to shuffle the ...
42habsfanforeverToo bad for Bob Hartley, Don Wadell should be the ...
43ewhitey19First off, anybody who thought adding Zhitnik and ...
44Jin85Fire Carbo. Hire Hartley ...
45BouillonsthebestWe all know Atlanta traded their future away to tr ...
46dillingerwon23Welcome to Montreal Mr Hartley.... because I think ...
47HarbingerGAWell... us Canes fans can't complain too much - we ...
48brickwall031How many of you followed the Thrashers closely/dai ...
49tbangthat is a move of GMs who want to protect their jo ...
50ducrosinatlanta just lost to many key (tkachuk, belanger, ...
51chef4473Don Waddell is the one at fault!!! He cheapened th ...
52wanderrerBoth Hartley and Waddle should go. At the NHL lev ...
53chappyugaMessage to Atlanta Spirit.....Please fire Don Wadd ...
54mkalebornHartley to Montreal. Tanguay re-unites with Hartle ...
55Avalanche18Hartley is a great coach, he's actually got deep p ...
56ajaybalNeed: #1 Center, Canadian Grit, Coach that will wo ...
57beaplayerMac-T go, Hartley welcome to EDM ...
58cpaw17Sucks for Bob, but something is expected to happen ...
59ibanez_joeas the old saying goes,, "easier to fire the coach ...
60Ranger_BillThe Thrashers have always had to over acheive to g ...
61PullUpYourBootsI guess acquiring Keith Tkachuk and Alexei Zhitnik ...
62bshellenbergJUST ONCE... I'd like to see a GM fire the players ...
63atl_thrasherHartley is not the answer, but it's a start. Unfor ...
64voltThank You! I agree. Hartley will land a coach ...
65buffalochestHartley is a screamer. Bad tempers don't motivate ...
66NsHLwow. They lose 6 games and this very good coach g ...
67TJD92295Well, what do you expect after an 0-6 start? I sa ...
68steamboats2kUnfortunately a coach can't play defense. Waddell ...
69kendall89WOW. Hartley's a good coach. When your GM sells ...
70drew19While Hartley is not totally blameless, he did see ...
71tanko069sorry how many picks did they give up for tkachuk ...
72rangersfan99I still think Hartley should be somewhat responsib ...
73smacklby1Good for Bob. Now he can get a real job with a go ...
74GOLEAFS67Waddell needs to go...sad to see the coach get the ...
75jshee39392Firing Bob Hartley is the same as the Boston Red S ...
76jolezerHis mistake was benching Lehtonen after game 1 las ...
77krawlickHard to figure out. Bob has proven to be a winner ...
78CANUCKLELIONEven Bill Laforge got 10 games in before he was ga ...
79Zerocool6687Good. There is a lot of people that need to be loo ...
80daman2shutudown4I kinda feel bad for Hartley, this is all Waddell' ...
81rhleaffanNot a surprise. Hnidy, de VRies and Sutton gone of ...
82CODEMAN33Atlanta will soon be lobbying the NHL and NHLPA ha ...
Click here for the full TSN TV schedule

NHL on TSN

NHL
  • Tuesday, October 23
    Colorado @ Edmonton
    9pm et/6pm pt
<A TARGET="_blank" HREF="/web/20071018060133/http://ad.doubleclick.net/clk;130476926;7271825;n?http://www.toyota.ca/cgi-bin/WebObjects/WWW.woa/9/wo/Home.Vehicles.Camry-NfeF0MKlOZ7HyYqWdupKfM/0.9?fmg%2fcamry%2fintro%2ehtml"><IMG SRC="/web/20071018060133im_/http://www.tsn.ca/images/ads/225x100-encamry.gif" BORDER=0></A>

Fantasy Hockey on TSN.ca

See who TSN's panel of experts picked for their 2007-08 fantasy pool, and stay informed with the latest insight and analysis on TSN Broadband from TSN.ca's Scott Cullen and Nic Sulsky.

2008 NHL Entry Draft

All eyes will be scouting the class of 2008 for the NHL Entry Draft in Ottawa next June. Sarnia Sting forward Steven Stamkos tops the list of prospects in TSN's early survey, and also leads the way in the ISS rankings.

The Crosby File

There is little doubt that Sidney Crosby is the best hockey player in the world right now, but is that enough for him to qualify as a true Canadian cultural icon? Where does he stand in the public consciousness?

Hockey Hall of Fame

Mark Messier, Ron Francis, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens are this year's player inductees with automatic inclusion in their first year of eligibility. Watch live coverage of the 2007 Induction Celebration on TSN's Alternate Feed, Monday, Nov. 12 at 7:30pm et/4:30pm pt. Also, a special two-hour presentation of the festivites will be broadcast on TSN on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 8pm et/5pm pt prior to the Edmonton Oilers-Vancouver Canucks game on the NHL on TSN. More...

Hockey Fights Cancer

October is Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month around the NHL. Throughout the month, all players will wear a pink Hockey Fights Cancer decal on the back of their helmets, while each team will host a Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night. On Oct. 10, the NHL on TSN marked the 10th anniversary of the NHL-NHLPA Hockey Fights Cancer campaign, with special features telling the stories of active NHL players afflicted by this disease.

Quote of the Day

"Whether Bob should be the victim here or not, time will tell, but unfortunately in this business coaches all have shelf lives and Bob's has wore out I believe here."

- Thrashers' general manager Don Wadell on the firing of head coach Bob Hartley.

Stat of the Day

Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist in a 5-4 loss to the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday. He has at least a point in all five games this season. Last season, he began his career with a goal in each of his first six games.

counter stats