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Flames waiting on talks for new contract with Hartley

by Aaron Vickers

CALGARY -- Calgary Flames general manager Brad Treliving on Tuesday said negotiations have not started toward a new contract for coach Bob Hartley.

Hartley is entering the third and final season of his contract. In his first two seasons with the Flames he has a record of 54-65-11 and Calgary has finished 13th in the Western Conference in each season.

"We've had discussions internally [and] at the appropriate time that will be dealt with," Treliving said. "That's down the road. Our focus right now going into camp was getting our team prepared, obviously evaluating the team we have in front of us, making roster decisions and getting ready for Wednesday night.

"I've been extremely impressed with Bob. We're in the infancy stages of getting to know each other. We've been together for three weeks now. I've been nothing but impressed in terms of camp. Anything to do with contracts, that's for a later date and our focus is singularly on Wednesday night."

Hartley declared that his contract situation would not be a distraction for the Flames.

"This is a great city. This is a great organization," he said. "I love the direction that we're going. I believe in the people on the ice and in the management. I want to be the Calgary Flames coach for many years. But my contract situation, I'm addressing it right now for the first and last time until the end.

"That's what it is. I'm fine with it and it will not be a distraction."

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