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Thrashers fire Hartley after 6 straight losses @NHL

ATLANTA (AP) -Bob Hartley was fired Wednesday as coach of the Atlanta Thrashers, who have lost their first six games and are the only NHL team without a victory.

General manager Don Waddell said he will take over as coach until a replacement is hired. He has no time table for a hiring.

"We felt after six games the direction we were going was not the direction we wanted to go," Waddell said at a news conference in announcing the first coaching change of the NHL season. "We couldn't let it go any further."

The Thrashers have 10 straight losses dating to their first playoff appearance last spring.

Hartley, who won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, was in his fifth season with Atlanta. Waddell already has one stint as an interim coach, following his firing of Curt Fraser during the 2002-03 season.

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