Thrashers reportedly hire Hartley
Published: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 14, 2003 at 12:24 a.m.
ATLANTA - The Atlanta Thrashers called a news conference for today amid speculation they will hire Bob Hartley as their coach.
Hartley was fired less than a month ago by the Colorado Avalanche.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Monday on its Web site that Hartley had been hired.
The Thrashers fired Curt Fraser on Dec. 26, and general manager Don Waddell took over on an interim basis.
Hartley, 41, will join the team in time for Wednesday night's home game against Montreal. He led the Avalanche to the Stanley Cup in 2001 and went 193-109-48 - including 49-31 in the playoffs - in 4¶ seasons.
Rookie Marcel Hossa had his first career two-goal game and Jose Theodore made 26 saves to lead Montreal to its second win in three home games.
Petr Nedved scored three goals, and Eric Lindros had a goal and assist for host New York, who has won two straight for the first time since Dec. 1-3.
Nedved has five goals in two games after scoring twice Saturday in Pittsburgh, his first game back after missing four because of a hip injury. Darius Kasparaitis added a goal for the Rangers.
Dany Heatley scored three goals and Marc Savard added a goal and two assists as visiting Atlanta snapped the Flyers' six-game winning streak.
Jaromir Jagr scored two goals, including the winner with 36.4 seconds to play in overtime for host Washington.
Michael Rupp celebrated his 23rd birthday by scoring twice in his first NHL game. The host Devils extended their unbeaten streak to a season-high four games (3-0-1).
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