Hartley for hire?

Interesting tidbit on former NHL coach Bob Hartley by Denver Post writer Adrian Dater, writing for versus.com.

Dater has put two and two together, musing that Hartley, who won a Stanley Cup coaching the Colorado Avalanche and also had a smidgen of success with the Atlanta Thrashers, could be a candidate to coach the Senators if Cory Clouston is tossed aside.

It makes sense from the standpoint that Hartley is a Hawkesbury native and would love the opportunity to coach his hometown team — in both official languages. Senators general manager Bryan Murray also raved about Hartley, even after he chose Craig Hartsburg over him to coach the club in 2007.

Hartley’s career regular season record is 329-226-61-34.

What’s unknown, however, is what owner Eugene Melynk thinks of Hartley, who has been doing colour commentary for RDS.

Dater offers a reminder that new Calgary Flames interim GM Jay Feaster has a strong relationship with Hartley, dating back to winning the AHL title with the Hershey Bears in 1997. 

Hartley would bring some fire to the Flames, but for now, it’s just fresh speculation.

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