Thread: Confirmed with Link: Bob Hartley confirmed
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05-31-2012, 12:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Fleury14 View Post
Hartley seems more of a "win now" choice than a choice you would make if you were looking to rebuild. So, I'm guessing Iggy/Kipper are staying, not that I thought they were going anywhere anyway.
the goal of a coach should always be to win now.

if you ignore the 6 games he coached in Atlanta in 07/08 (which hardly counts as a season), Hartley has had 1 losing season in his entire coaching career. The Thrashers are the only team he ever coached that not only missed the playoffs but didn;t make it beyond the 1st round of the playoffs. His coaching record is phenomenal. Hell any coach with an overall record of 137-118-8-23 with the lowly Thrashers deserves more respect than Flames fans seem to give him.

Also look at some of the rookies he has coached in his career:
  • Hejduk - 14g/48pt
  • Chris Drury - 20g/44pt
  • Alex Tanguay - 17g/51pt
  • Martin Skoula - 3g/16pt
  • Marc Denis - 9-8-4, 2.54gaa, .917sv%
  • Radim Vrbata - 18g/30pt
  • David Aebischer - 12-7-3, 2.24gaa, .903sv%

then in Atlanta he was around for year 2 of Heatley & Kovalchuk and played a huge part in turning them into stars.

role players like Hinote, Yelle, and Nieminen also became who they were because of Hartley. then others like Greg de Vries (he actually managed 35 points under Hartley!) had career offensive seasons under Hartley.

you mix that with him and his teams being no nonsense, and its a great recipe IMO

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