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CALGARY, Alberta – The Calgary Flames have fired Bob Hartley, who was the named the NHL's coach of the year last season.
Calgary took a big step backward this year after reaching the playoffs last season. The Flames finished 35-40-7, with only Vancouver and Edmonton posting fewer wins in the rugged Western Conference.
Hartley won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001. Last season, he led the Flames to a 45-30-7 record and third place in the Pacific Division, but there was no sign of that team this season behind Johnny Gaudreau and Marc Giordano. In February, Calgary dealt forward Jiri Hudler to Florida for draft picks and sent winger David Jones to Minnesota for goalie Niklas Backstrom and a sixth-round pick.
The Flames said associate coach Jacques Cloutier also won't return next season.