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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Hartley divides the NHL schedule into seven-game segments to mimic a traditional playoff series – a tactic he believes keeps the team’s focus on achievable, short-term goals.
So, for example, early in his press briefing Monday, Hartley reminded reporters that Tuesday’s date with the visiting St. Louis Blues marked the end of the Flames’ 10th seven-game series of the year. The Flames are a remarkable 7-1-1 in the first nine, which is why they are where they are – third in the Pacific Division, on pace for 96 points with a chance to qualify for the NHL playoffs for the first time since 2009.
According to Hartley, the value of breaking the season down into bite-sized segments was greater during the dog days, because it helped keep the focus on the smaller, day-to-day picture.
“Early on, since we had a young group, I just didn’t want them to think, with 80 games, there’s plenty of time to catch up,” said Hartley. “We all know that once you’re seven, eight points behind with 10 to 15 games to go, and you’re in a logjam with other teams, it’s going to be unbelievably tough to make it.
“I was trying to get them in the mindset to avoid this. I would say probably December, January, I felt those seven-game segments really hit home. Now, they’re pros. They’re adults. They know our situation. They know how many games are left to be played – and they know every game is vital. We keep repeating the same song, but it seems to have worked since Day 1, so why change it?”
From Sportsnet's Jeff Simmons:
Calgary Flames defenceman Mark Giordano suffered an undisclosed injury in the final seconds of Wednesday’s game when he was knocked down to the ice awkwardly by New Jersey Devils forward Steve Bernier.
Giordano headed right to the dressing room after T.J. Brodie helped seal a 3-1 victory for Calgary with a shorthanded empty-net goal.
From NHL.com's Mike G. Morreale's recap:
The Flames received a scare at the end of the game when captain Mark Giordano, who scored his 48th point on an assist, appeared to sustain an injury in the final seconds after getting tangled in the stick of Devils forward Steve Bernier.
Flames coach Bob Hartley said Giordano would be re-evaluated on Thursday. The defenseman was walking and moving in the locker room at the end of the game.
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column is a good read, discussing the post-firing life of coaches who rebounded in their own ways in Tom Renney and Rick Bowness, but his "Short Shifts" are probably more pertinent:
- St. Louis Blues phenom Vladimir Tarasenko, who just turned 23, has 20 goals on the year, but he might have scored 30 if he had shot more. He’s got 113 shots but that only puts him seventh behind Ovechkin, Karlsson, Seguin, Giroux, Pavelski and Pacioretty. “He could be more selfish,” said an NHL pro scout, marvelling at the Russian youngster’s release. Tarasenko, who may get to the $5-million to $6-million per season range in a new contract this summer, has 16 even-strength goals, second only to Tyler Seguin’s 17. “Twenty goals before Christmas? That’s special,” said teammate Steve Ott.
- If Vincent Lecavalier is playing right wing with Zac Rinaldo and French rookie Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in Philly, this is the end of the line for him, no?
- It should be noted that Roberto Luongo has a much better (2.35) goals-against average and way higher (.925) save percentage than Ryan Miller (.267) and .900 in Vancouver right now, but Miller has 16 wins. His team gives him way more run support than Luongo’s (11 wins) in Florida. Miller’s numbers are five-alarm stuff, but he is in the first year of a three-year, $18-million deal and he’s 34, not, say, 28.
This is probably true of more general managers (and coaches) than not, too:
-New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is almost always around his team, home and away, but he knows exactly what’s going on with his farm team and their prospects. “He gets tapes of the games and the practices,” said former Devils defenceman Mark Fayne.
Matheson continues, and while we're doing short quips and quotes, Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned a superb "Three Periods" column discussing the Blue Jackets' resurgence and Patrik Elias' pluck, but the "Third Period" sticks:
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Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have signed head coach Bob Hartley to a multi-year contract extension.
Hartley was originally named head coach of the Flames on May 31, 2012. He has guided the Flames to a 71-79-13 record during the past three seasons and earned his 400th career win on December 4th, 2014 over Colorado. The Flames currently hold a 17-14-2 record for 36 points and are 5th place in the Pacific Division, 9th in the Western Conference and 15th overall in League standings.
It sort of looks good on Mr. Hartley who notched his 400th NHL win.
Below, watch the highlights of another Calgary come from behind win, the time against the Colorado Avalanche.
The Calgary Flames won again last night, a 3-0 victory over Arizona.
Calgary is15-8-2 and in a battle with Vancouver and Anaheim for first in the Pacific Division.
Here is Bob Hartley post-game talking about his team.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
“There’s a bunch of kids here; it feels like Romper Room, but that’s okay,” said Hartley.
Hartley joined the Flames two years ago after winning a championship in the Swiss League with Zurich, reuniting with general manager Jay Feaster, with whom he’d worked previously in the Colorado Avalanche organization. Feaster was subsequently replaced by a new regime in Calgary, featuring Brian Burke as director of hockey operations and Brad Treliving as GM.
Normally, this can create an awkward situation, and Hartley is on the final year of his original contract, with no clear sense of what happens next. In training camp, Hartley was okay with the arrangement and understood that for all the good things that have been accomplished here in the past little while – mostly how the Flames have forged a new hard-working identity after playing for years as a tired, old squad – the bottom line in professional sport is winning, and Calgary didn’t do enough of it last year. So he’s trying to navigate that fine line – balancing the need to develop players with the goal of winning NHL games.
“Leaving Zurich, part of the talk was this team had to go through a rebuild – and you can’t go through a rebuild if you don’t show confidence in your young players,” said Hartley.
“For me, it’s a very easy equation. If you put tons of pressure on those kids, they’re going to crumble. You don’t give them a chance to succeed. So we’re giving them challenges and they’re having fun and they’re working hard. We’re making everything possible.”
NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2014) – Vancouver Canucks Head Coach John Tortorella has been suspended for 15 days, without pay, for his actions during the first intermission of NHL Game No. 735 in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League announced today.
"Mr. Tortorella's actions in attempting to enter the Calgary Flames locker room after the first period were both dangerous and an embarrassment to the League," said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell. "Coaches in the NHL bear the responsibility of providing leadership, even when emotions run high, and Mr. Tortorella failed in his responsibility to the game."
Mr. Tortorella's suspension is effective retroactive to January 19 and runs through Sunday, Feb. 2. He will miss six games. He is not permitted to have any interaction with his Club prior to, during or after games.
NEW YORK (Jan. 20, 2014) – Calgary Flames Head Coach Bob Hartley has been fined $25,000 for his responsibility for the incident that took place off of the opening face-off of NHL Game No. 735 in Vancouver on Saturday, Jan. 18, the National Hockey League announced today. The fine was issued in accordance with By-Law 17.3 (a) for conduct prejudicial to or against the welfare of the League.
In issuing the suspension, NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations, Colin Campbell stated: "We are holding Mr. Hartley responsible for the actions of Flames' right wing Kevin Westgarth, who took the game's opening face-off and attempted to instigate a premeditated fight with an unwilling opponent -- the Canucks' Kevin Bieksa."
The fine money goes to the NHL Foundation.
from Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald,
In the wake of a lawsuit, by which 10 former NHL-ers claimed the league hid information that would have prevented ongoing head trauma, (Scott) Parker said in a recent interview with the Denver Post that he was the subject to bullying by coaches who threatened his roster spot if he stopped sacrificing his body.
He directed his harshest criticism at Hartley.
“He was a junior B goalie trying to tell me how to fight,” Parker told the Denver Post. “He was always just degrading me. Not to be a (wimp), but he was a bully. And he could be because he was in a position of authority. What was I supposed to do as a rookie? Go tell him ‘(expletive) you’? I did that stuff at the end of my career, but at the beginning of my career I was just a chess piece to him.”
Hartley was quick to defend himself when asked about Parker’s comments Tuesday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.
“I was made aware of that report long ago,” said Hartley who won a Stanley Cup with the Avalanche and spent nearly five seasons at the helm from 1998-99 to 2002-03. “All coaches, but I’ll speak for myself because my name is there, we set expectations. We create standards. There’s not a player I’ve coached that I didn’t try to make better. I’ve never bullied anyone.
“I can be a demanding coach. But I want the best for my players. For me, that’s the end of the story.”
from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The team is 3-0-2, but many people would argue that its success is not sustainable because it is winning fewer than 45 percent of faceoffs, giving up 31 shots per game, more than three goals per game, and one goal for every three power-play opportunities. How do you respond to those issues and do you worry if they don't turn quickly they could rear their ugly heads when you go on this five-game road trip?
"We know that we have some very interesting challenges ahead of us, but at the same time, in our situation, the same as many teams, we take this one game at a time. We're looking at chances-for versus chances-against and in our first five games we out-chanced the other team by about 15 chances. So we're getting three more chances to score per game than the other team. Maybe we don't have a [Sidney] Crosby or an [Alex] Ovechkin on our team, but we're doing it by committee and right now it's working.
"But we're all aware that the pace of the League is going to pick up. I believe with my years in the NHL that in probably another five or seven games, the pace is going to pick up and some of the teams that are struggling now are going to start to turn it on.
"On our side, we're all aware of what has been written and said for us regarding expectations, where we should finish. We're all aware of this and that's OK. There's nothing that we can do about it from what was written or said. The only thing that we can do is control the way we work, the way we prepare and that's how I challenged the guys from Day 1 in training camp. I told them, 'If you read everything that is being said about us, No. 1 we're lucky to be in the NHL and No. 2 we may want to retire.' I said, 'If you want to use this as motivation that's fine, but I'd rather look at [president of hockey operations] Brian Burke, [general manager] Jay Feaster, our fans, our sponsors. We have a great hockey community over here and they're certainly behind us all the way.'
"Maybe the best way is to put a positive spin to all of that. We work for us, we work for those guys and let's see where that takes us. And right now we've been getting unbelievable contributions basically from everyone."
“The fact is — three years with no playoffs, no playoff-round (wins) since 2004. We need to get some answers here. To sit and watch the parade go by . . . like, how long will that go on?
“I never go back home at night or wake up in the morning the day after a game and say, ‘I should have done this. I should have done that.’ I do it. I live with the results, whether they’re good or bad. I’m a guy, I like to be active. We have the flexibility right now to try some stuff. And it sends messages to the rest of the team.”
-Bob Hartley, coach of the Calgary Flames. More from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald.
New coach Bob Hartley called Miikka Kiprusoff one of the reasons he came to Calgary. If Kipper keeps playing this way, he might be one of the reasons Hartley leaves, too.
-Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated where you can read more 'one-liners' on hockey.
“We’re capable of much better than this. They made us pay on every play that we turned the puck over. That was the difference in the game.
“I don’t think it was a lack of desire. It was about execution. We didn’t lose the game late in the third. We lost the game much before this.
“We played with fire and we burned ourselves.”
-Bob Hartley, coach of the Calgary Flames after losing 6-3 to the Avalanche at home. More from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald.
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
There are those who may wonder why Bob Hartley, fresh off a championship season in the Swiss league, would consider taking over the Calgary Flames, the definition of an NHL team mired in mediocrity.
Those are people who don’t know much about Hartley, and his deep-seated penchant to just win, baby.
“I’m a person, I’ve never been scared of challenges,” Hartley said. “I just turned 52. I could have stayed in Zurich for many years. It would have been easy for me to say, ‘Fifty games, no travel, sleep at home every night,’ – but that’s not me.”
from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,
Hartley has already reached out to all the players, and has talked to all but two or three.
His first call? None other than captain Jarome Iginla.
“I spoke to him about my experience with Joe Sakic in Colorado,” Hartley said. “I told him everywhere I coach, my captain is kind of an assistant coach. He is the link between the players and the coaching staff. I rely on that.”
The Flames released a statement Wednesday from Iginla, who had previously been unavailable for comment on the hiring of Hartley.
“His reputation and accomplishments are very impressive,” Iginla said. “I have heard he is a very detailed and passionate coach, and from our initial conversation, I’m looking forward to learning from him and getting better as a team.”
After three seasons with no playoffs in Calgary, some fans are clearly pining for wholesale changes in personnel. Hartley clearly sees no such upheaval on the horizon.
“We’re going to basically have the same core of players, so it’s up to us,” he said. “It’s up to us the players, the coaching staff and the management — to bring in a new attitude.”
via Renaud P. Lavoie tweets,
Bob Hartley is the new head coach of the Flames.
Hartley was in Calgary since Monday. His Zurich team and the Flames agreed on a compensation for his release.
added 11:56am, from TSN,
Bob Hartley, who was rumoured as a favorite to land the head coaching job with the Montreal Canadiens, will be named the new head coach of the Calgary Flames at a news conference today.
Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that they have named Bob Hartley as head coach. Hartley joins the Flames following a championship season with the ZSC Lions of Switzerland’s National League A.
“Bob Hartley is a winner. Bob has won at every level he has coached, from the QMJHL to the AHL to the NHL to Switzerland, and we are confident he is going to continue his winning ways in Calgary,” said Flames General Manager Jay Feaster. “He is a tireless worker, an outstanding motivator, a great bench boss and game strategist; and a teacher at heart. Moreover, he is a great person as well. We look forward to Bob and his wife Micheline joining the Flames family, and to Bob taking our hockey club to the next level.”
“First I would like to thank Jay Feaster and the Calgary Flames for having the confidence to provide me with the opportunity to coach again in the NHL,” said Hartley. “I would also like to express my appreciation to the ZSC Lions for the tremendous experience of coaching and living in Switzerland; and also complying with my wishes to depart their organization for the Calgary Flames. It’s great to return to the League in a city, a community and an organization that has such an outstanding reputation and passion for hockey and success. I look forward to assuming my position and starting the preparation process for the 2012-13 season.”
According to RDS hockey analyst Vincent Damphousse, Bob Hartley had a second interview with Flames management for the vacant coaching job in Calgary.
Hartley has worked with Flames general manager Jay Feaster before, a connection that dates back to their days with the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, where they won the Calder Cup championship together in 1997.
Twitter was buzzing on Monday referencing a report from TheHockeyWriters.com that said Hartley would be named head coach of the Montreal Canadiens and that Memorial Cup champion Shawinigan Cataractes coach Eric Veilleux would join him as an assistant.
However, Hartley has one year remaining on a two-year deal with the ZSC Lions in Zurich, the team he guided to a league title in Switzerland this winter.
Note, Just in case you did not notice, the Hartley to Montreal topic was never posted in the KK Hockey section. Too early for that.
From Craig Custance at the Sporting News:
Hartley said he plans to honor his commitment to the Zurich Lions in Switzerland. He signed a two-year deal with them in March.
“I’m going to be in Zurich next year for sure,” Hartley told Sporting News. “I’ve always wanted to do this.”
Hartley, who guided the Colorado Avalanche to a Stanley Cup in 2001 and also is the only coach in Atlanta Thrashers franchise history to get that team in the playoffs, said he’s excited to return to coaching after working in television and radio the last couple years.
Hartley will stay in North America long enough to run his annual hockey camp in York, Pennsylvania - now in its 15th year. Then it’s off to Switzerland. He plans on making the move to Switzerland on July 24
via Scott Burnside of ESPN,
(Bob) Hartley said Tuesday morning that he is being courted by Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League and is on the verge of taking a coaching job there.
According to the team’s Web site, Omsk fired coaches Sergei Gersonsky and Igor Zhilinsky on Tuesday after a slow 2-4 start.
“I am very interested and excited about the possibilities there,” Hartley said.
One of those possibilities is coaching Jaromir Jagr, who signed with Omsk after failing to reach an amicable deal with the New York Rangers.
added 11:41am, via Craig Custance of the Sporting News,
“They’ve talked to me, but there’s nothing done right now,” Hartley told Sporting News. “I think it could happen, but there’s nothing sure right now.”
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
Holik said Hartley also wanted the Thrashers to play that crash-and-bang style and the early results were even worse than the Leafs’.
“That takes a lot out of you,” he said. “Our team didn’t have [the size]. We don’t have the biggest team, but we’re a skating team, so the biggest thing for us is puck control.”
Now, instead of asking talents such as Ilya Kovalchuk to dump the puck into the offensive zone and try to get it back, the Thrashers carry the puck a lot more. Waddell also allows Kovalchuk, Marian Hossa and the other forwards to freelance more on offence.
more on the Thrashers…
from Pierre LeBrun if the CP via MetroNews,
A Russian agent did indeed recently contact Hartley, who was fired as head coach of the Thrashers on Oct. 17.
“They asked me if I would be interested,” said Hartley. “When you love hockey, you’re interested in coaching and everything ... But we’ll just wait and see how everything plays out.”
He obviously wants back into coaching but wants to make the right move the next time the phone rings.
“I’ve been coaching for the last 20 years,” said Hartley, who coached in Canadian major junior and the AHL before getting his first NHL job in 1998 with Colorado. “But it would be very selfish of me right now to say, ‘I want to coach in the NHL tomorrow.’
From Terry Frei at the Denver Post,
Atlanta’s 0-6 start this season that led to Hartley’s firing followed, and perhaps a change had to be made. But the “Aw, he was too tough” malarkey that came out of Atlanta was so lamely clichéd and predictable, it makes anyone who went along with it look silly.
In any sport, if it works, it’s “restoring order”; if it doesn’t, it’s “pettiness.” I think they still teach that in Sportswriting 101.
Plus, this is the sport that more than any other gives players excuses to tune out coaches with the prevailing attitude that coaches’ effectiveness is a short-term proposition, and all they need is the ability to determine which side of that rationalization standard the coach falls on.
After six straight losses to open the season, the Atlanta Thrashers have fired head coach Bob Hartley. General Manager Don Wadell will take over behind the bench on an interim basis until a replacement can be hired.