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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets announced today that former Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks and Ottawa Senators head coach Craig Hartsburg has joined the National Hockey League club’s coaching staff as associate coach under Head Coach Todd Richards.
Hartsburg, who spent last season as associate coach of the Calgary Flames, brings over two decades of coaching experience to the Blue Jackets, including serving as the head coach of the Blackhawks from 1995-98, Ducks from 1998-2001 and Senators in 2008-09. He led his clubs to the Stanley Cup Playoffs in three of his five full seasons as a head coach and also served as an assistant coach with the Minnesota North Stars (1989-90) and Philadelphia Flyers (1990-94, 2002-04).
“Craig Hartsburg has been a successful head coach at every level of hockey including the NHL, has been an assistant or associate coach in the League and was an All-Star as a player, so I feel very fortunate to add a coach and person of his caliber to our staff,” said Richards. “He will be a valuable resource for me, our staff and players, and I am very happy to welcome him to the Columbus Blue Jackets.”
from the CP at TSN,
It looks like Craig Hartsburg is set to make a return to the NHL.
The Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League announced Sunday that Hartsburg was stepping down as the team’s head coach “to pursue an opportunity in the National Hockey League.”...
It has been reported that Hartsburg is in line to join Brent Sutter’s coaching staff with the Calgary Flames.
from the Leader-Post,
Everett Silvertips head coach Craig Hartsburg is to undergo heart surgery after being diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm.
A heart catheterization is to be performed Wednesday, with surgery to follow in the weeks to come. He is expected to be sidelined through the first half of the WHL season.
“The most important thing at this time is for Craig to get healthy,’’ Silvertips vice-president and general manager Doug Soetaert said in a prepared statement. “We’re all in full support of the Hartsburg family and look forward to Craig’s full recovery.’‘
Craig Hartsburg was fired as head coach of the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, only 48 games into his first season behind the team’s bench.
The final straw for Hartsburg might have been Sunday’s 7-4 loss to the Washington Capitals. After the game, Hartsburg called his team out for not playing hard.
“The easy way out is to bench a player, that’s the easy thing to do. Maybe it’s a fault. Maybe I should. But that’s not working with people, that’s pushing them aside. I’d rather challenge people to be better.”
-Senators coach Craig Hartsburg. More from Chris Stevenson at Off The Posts.
“I certainly don’t like the way we played, to tell you the truth, the last three games. I don’t think our level of work and competing and desperation is high enough. I think we’ve got players that need to get out of the comfort zone and start to realize they need to battle harder. Battle to stay on lines, battle to stay in the lineup.
“We have got to change our identity as a team. Our identity right now is not a hard- working, competing, checking team. If it doesn’t change, we won’t have any success.”
-Ottawa Coach Craig Hartsburg. More on the Senators from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
“(The players are) kind of on pins and needles themselves wondering what it’s going to be about, but to me we want to make sure people understand that there’s going to be an identity and type of game that we want to play,” said Hartsburg.
“Everybody is going to be asked to play within that structure. A guy like Jason Spezza, who is a gifted offensive puck handler, there’s room for that. Cody Bass and (Shean) Donovan, there’s room for them in our structure and a need for both type of players. There’s going to be good structure and the team is going to take a lot of pride in the work part of the game. We want a mentality that we can defend and we can attack.”
from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,
Most people in hockey will tell you Hartsburg and DeBoer are both excellent choices to be NHL coaches. But the paths they’ve followed this spring read like some warped coaching version of The Tortoise and The Hare.
Bryan Murray interviewed Hartsburg very early in the process, and then Hartsburg went home and waited, with little apparent interest from other clubs.
DeBoer, meanwhile, has been the coaching version of Steven Stamkos the past few weeks: a junior star with a glowing résumé that had a bunch of teams pursuing him. He has been a candidate for almost every NHL job opening so far.
Initial reports came out late last night, but the Senators have now formally announced Craig Hartsburg’s new position.
Hartsburg: “It’s an honor to be coaching back in the National Hockey League again.”
Hartsburg’s last job in the NHL was as an assistant with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2004. He helped Canada capture gold at the IIHF World Junior Championship as Brent Sutter’s assistant in 2006 and as the head coach in 2007 and 2008.
Update 12:00pm ET: The Senators’ website notes that Hartburg’s contract is for 3 years.
*For reference, Hartsburg’s playing and coaching history.
*photo from Sportsnet.ca
from the Sault Star,
Craig Hartsburg said Saturday he’s looking forward to discussing a contract extension that would see him continue beyond next season as the Soo Greyhounds head coach.
Speaking like someone who expects to enter the 2008-2009 Ontario Hockey League campaign behind the Hounds bench, the 48-year-old Hartsburg said he can’t totally rule out a return to the NHL, but “as of right now I’m assuming I’ll be back.”
About to enter the final year of a five-year contract he signed in 2004, the Stratford, Ont., native’s name has been mentioned prominently as a top candidate for, among others, the Ottawa Senators head coaching job.