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Thrashers' woes go way beyond coach Hartley

Updated: October 18, 2007, 9:06 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

ATLANTA -- That acrid smell in the air isn't the South burning -- just its hockey team.

This time around, folks don't have William Tecumseh Sherman to blame, just poor drafting, poor goaltending, nonexistent special teams, no leadership and a fragile psyche.

But as of Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta Thrashers fans will no longer have coach Bob Hartley to blame as he was relieved of his duties by GM Don Waddell, who will go behind the bench for the second time in his career while he tries ...

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