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Hartsburg cut from Flames coaching staff, Hartley seeks another assistant

Ottawa Senators new head coach Craig Hartsburg pauses as he answers media questions during a press conference at the Scotiabank Place in Ottawa on Friday, June 13, 2008.

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The Calgary Flames head-coaching switch has cost Craig Hartsburg his job. The veteran NHL coach, who served as associate under former head man Brent Sutter last season, was let go Thursday by the Flames' new bench boss Bob Hartley.

Jacques Cloutier will be Hartley's main assistant while another coach is still to be hired.

In a news release, the 52-year-old Hartsburg was quoted as saying: "I believe it is best for Bob Hartley, coming into a new coaching situation, to have his own staff. I'm looking forward to my next venture in hockey."

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Hartsburg was head coach of the Ottawa Senators for less than a season in 2008-09. The Sens fired him in February.

No decision has been announced yet on the fate of Flames' goaltending coach Clint Malarchuk.

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Allan Maki is a national news reporter and sports writer based in Calgary. He joined the Globe and Mail in 1997 with an extensive sports background having covered Stanley Cup finals, the Grey Cup, Summer and Winter Olympics, the 1980 Miracle on Ice, the 1989 Super Bowl riot and the 1989 earthquake World Series. More

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