Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Hartley says he's on verge of taking job in Russian league
By Scott Burnside
After being dismissed by the Atlanta Thrashers early last season, Bob Hartley is about to land another coaching job -- in Russia.
Hartley said Tuesday morning that he is being courted by Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League and is on the verge of taking a coaching job there.
According to the team's Web site, Omsk fired coaches Sergei Gersonsky and Igor Zhilinsky on Tuesday after a slow 2-4 start.
"I am very interested and excited about the possibilities there," Hartley said.
One of those possibilities is coaching Jaromir Jagr, who signed with Omsk after failing to reach a deal with the New York Rangers.
Hartley, who won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, was fired by Atlanta in October 2007 after a franchise-worst 0-6-0 start. He was 136-123-32 with the Thrashers.
Scott Burnside is a senior NHL writer for ESPN.com.