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Hartley set to see rebuild through

by Aaron Vickers / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley will get the opportunity to finish what he started.

Leaving the ZSC Lions in Zurich following a Swiss A League championship to join Calgary in 2012, Hartley understood that a rebuild was required to put the Flames on the proper path.

He’ll get to see that through after signing a multiyear extension with the club Wednesday.

“I am thrilled,” Hartley said. “I said a couple of years ago that I felt this was the biggest challenge of my career and I still believe it. I love the direction that this organization has taken.

“As a coach, sometimes you get a chance to finish a job, to start a job, but the entire process, sometimes you’re not there to see the end result. I’m very grateful and I thank the organization, I thank this great city for showing faith in me and I’ll do my very best to keep working as a team, as a family so that this organization always shows lots of pride.”

During Hartley’s tenure, the Flames have posted a modest 71-79-13 record.

But the progress shown in just the second season of a full-on rebuild posts a rosier picture.

Despite a current losing skid of six straight games, Calgary boasts a 17-14-2 record -- a position that has them ninth in the Western Conference.

Entering action Wednesday, the Flames trailed the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks by just two points for second in the Pacific Division.

But Hartley's extension is about more than just wins and losses for general manager Brad Treliving.

“When you're assessing coaches, I think, there's some critical fingerprints from a coach's standpoint that they can have an impact on the team,” Treliving said. “For me, No. 1, it's the work ethic of your team. And that's not just a sometimes thing, that's a consistent work ethic and a consistent competitive level that you need, that is required, to have any type of success of this level.

“Secondarily, it's how organized you are — the structure of your team, how you play, the nuts and bolts in terms of you can go watch teams play and get a sense pretty quickly of how organized they are structurally, system-wise and how consistent they stay to that. And then, obviously, just the time and energy that's put forth.

“When you look at those boxes, Bob checks all of them, ten-fold.”

In checking those boxes, Hartley earned additional years on a contract that was set to expire at the end of the 2014-15 season.

And the extension has given Hartley the opportunity to see the rebuild through.

“We know that we’re moving the right direction,” Hartley said. “Our job is to try to fast-forward our progression as quickly as possible so that we can be a playoff team, we can win rounds, we have a shot at the Stanley Cup.

“As a coach, sometimes you get a chance to finish a job, to start a job, but the entire process, sometimes you’re not there to see the end result. I’m very grateful and I thank the organization, I thank this great city for showing faith in me and I’ll do my very best to keep working as a team, as a family so that this organization always shows lots of pride.”

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