Could Craig Hartsburg end up as the Flames’ coach?

Craig Hartsburg, fired by the Ottawa Senators about two and a half years ago, could be inching toward another head-coaching job — if, of course, speculation is to be believed, and that’s always a dangerous thing.

Craig Hartsburg, fired by the Ottawa Senators about two and a half years ago, could be inching toward another head-coaching job — if, of course, speculation is to be believed, and that’s always a dangerous thing.
Now an associate coach with the Flames, Hartsburg is thought to be the heir apparent when his good buddy, Brent Sutter, is fired. Sutter is in the final year of his contract and so far there has been no talk of an extension.
If Hartsburg, 52, does eventually get this job or another, it would be his fourth head-coaching job.
Of his last one with the Senators, Hartsburg wants to leave that in the past. He declined to speak to the Ottawa media after Monday’s practice, saying through a team representative that he didn’t want to cover old ground. It wouldn’t do anyone any good, he said.
Three years ago, Hartsburg looked to be the perfect man for the Ottawa job.
He had 12 years of NHL coaching experience and was a much-decorated junior coach, having led Canada to world junior gold medals in 2007 and 2008, and winning a third as Brent Sutter’s assistant in 2006.
But for whatever reason, he couldn’t handle the Senators.
He has had an eventful two years since being fired by the Senators, including a successful return to junior hockey with the WHL Everett Silvertips, and open-heart surgery in November, 2010, after he was diagnosed with an ascending aortic aneurysm.
Sutter, who played under Hartsburg in Chicago, was happy to have him join the Flames.
“I’ve known him for a long time,” said Sutter.
“I’ve played for (Hartsburg), I know his makeup as a person, I know his intangibles as a coach. He’s got a good understanding of the game and I respect his opinion on things.”

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