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
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...   (Associated Press)
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(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."