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Former Stanley Cup Winning Coach Fired after Four Seasons

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CALGARY-Last season, the Calgary Flames surprised a lot of people by reaching the second round of the playoffs. This year, expectations were high in Calgary, but the team failed to live up to them and missed the postseason for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. That was enough to cost head coach Bob Hartley his job.

Hartley was fired by the Flames on Tuesday morning after four seasons behind the Calgary bench.

Hartley, a Stanley Cup winner with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, helped the Flames reach the playoffs last year for the first time since 2009 after the team finished third in the Pacific Division.

Not only did Calgary make the playoffs, they won their first round series, something they hadn’t done since reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2004. This season, however, was nowhere near as successful.

The team seemed to take a step back, winning only 35 games during the 2015-16 season, compared to 45 a year ago. The Flames finished 21 points behind the San Jose Sharks for third in the Pacific and ten points out of the final playoff spot.

Hartley went 134-135-25 in his four seasons behind the Calgary bench. It is hard to blame Hartley for the Flames’ struggles this season, though.

Their biggest problem this year was their goaltending. After a stellar season last year, Karri Ramo struggled for most of the year, having to go down to minors at one point. Veteran Jonas Hiller battled with inconsistency.

Those struggles in goal led to Calgary giving up a league-worst 260 goals during the season.

Hartley may not be out of a job for long, however. The Anaheim Ducks will surely give him a look as they searching for a new coach after they let go of Bruce Boudreau last week. The Ottawa Senators are also looking for a new coach and will surely see if they can land the former Stanley Cup winner.