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Flames release associate coach Craig Hartsburg @NHLdotcom

One week after hiring Bob Hartley as their coach, the Calgary Flames released associate coach Craig Hartsburg.

"At the conclusion of our season, we said that our new coach would be given the privilege to make decisions on his staff," Flames general manager Jay Feaster said in a statement. "While it?s always difficult to lose good people, I?m pleased that Bob and Craig have been diligent on reaching their conclusion. Craig?s experience and savvy proved invaluable in this circumstance. I thank Craig for his commitment and hard work this past year and wish him every success in the future."

Hartley, hired last Thursday to replace Brent Sutter, will focus on choosing a candidate to round out his coaching staff.

"I would like to thank the Flames organization and especially Jay Feaster and John Weisbrod for the opportunity to work in Calgary," Hartsburg said. "I?d also like to thank the players. I had a terrific group of people to work with. However, I believe it is best for Bob Hartley, coming into a new coaching situation, to have his own staff. I wish the Flames the very best of luck and I???m looking forward to my next venture in hockey."

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