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Flames release associate coach Hartsburg

The Canadian Press

6/7/2012 6:51:27 PM

CALGARY - The Calgary Flames continue to overhaul their coaching staff with the release of associate coach Craig Hartsburg.

New head coach Bob Hartley brought Jacques Cloutier on board as his assistant this week.

Hartsburg was on Brent Sutter's coaching staff for one season. Sutter and the Flames parted company in April after the team missed the playoffs for a third straight year.

Hartley is searching for another assistant, the Flames said Thursday in a statement that also quoted Hartsburg.

"I believe it is best for Bob Hartley, coming into a new coaching situation, to have his own staff," Hartsburg said. "I'm looking forward to my next venture in hockey."

The 52-year-old from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., is back on the NHL job market. He was head coach of the Ottawa Senators for less than a season in 2008-09. The Sens fired him in February when the team was 17--24--7.