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Thrashers Set to Hire Hartley?

January 14, 2003|From Associated Press

The Atlanta Thrashers called a news conference for today amid speculation they will hire Bob Hartley as their coach.

Hartley was fired less than a month ago by the Colorado Avalanche.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday on its Web site that Hartley had been hired.

Thrasher officials would not confirm the move.

The Thrashers fired Curt Fraser on Dec. 26, and General Manager Don Waddell took over on an interim basis. They're 4-5-1 under Waddell, and their 12-25-2-4 record is the worst in the NHL.

"There's a lot of emotion in the locker room. Everybody knows what's going on," Waddell said after a 7-4 victory over Philadelphia.

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The Boston Bruins traded goaltender John Grahame to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth-round draft pick in 2004.

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