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Hartsburg Out in Ottawa

Well, that didn't take long. Craig Hartsburg has been relieved of his duties this morning, just 48 games into his tenure and less than a day after his Sens lost 7-4 at Verizon Center on Sunday, according to this report.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  February 2, 2009; 10:43 AM ET
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Nice...We had a goalie and a coach pulled yesterday.

Ottawa is a joke (except Alfredsson). They need to get Spezza out of town and add some young depth.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 2, 2009 10:57 AM | Report abuse

What about Heatley?

Posted by: Boo- | February 2, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

cain007x (From last post)

With the superstars we have, it would be crazy to leave Brash out of the line-up. It is a game changer IMO. I think the style of play has to change for the opponents #1 and #2 tough guys.

I like Clark, and know that he is very valuable to the team...but the numbers are really show he is not getting it done. We need all the PK legs we can in the bottom 6, and he isnt one of them.

@Boo - Im good with Heatley...he is solid.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 2, 2009 11:02 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, Hartsburg is the problem there.

Posted by: Section117 | February 2, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

I figured something was going to happen with the Sens. You don't take the drubbing they took with the year that they have been having and not have changes made. Pens are nearly at the same point too.

Posted by: FusilliJerry1 | February 2, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

i agree that clark's numbers are not there, but to be fair he has not been given the opportunity. i am not saying he should be in the top lines but i think he is more valuable than brads or bradlee.

i don't buy the argument of brads being a determent, if any thing he is more of a liability with the many penalties that he takes. i like brads, but i think clark will bring more to the team.

Posted by: superX | February 2, 2009 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Too bad for Hartsburg, a class guy, great defensman, but not a good coach. We are fortunate that we have a great coach in BB. Hanlon was a class guy as well, but BB proved that a good coach can make a diff.
A lot of talk of Fehr and I think it is well deserved. He was a scorer prior to the NHL level. Nice to have Poti back. Who do you think will be the odd man out if Alzner comes back up after a trade? Maybe the odd man out will be part of the trade.

Posted by: tomdchancar | February 2, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

@super X

Re:"i don't buy the argument of brads being a determent, if any thing he is more of a liability with the many penalties that he takes."

Brads has only only taken two minor penalties all year. He has 4 majors, and two minors.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 2, 2009 11:25 AM | Report abuse

@tomdchancar: I think that's the most likely scenario.

Shame for Hartsburg. I don't think the "play with more pride" thing applies - the fact is that you got stomped by the better team and all of you know it.

Agreed that BB is a fantastic coach and an absolute keeper. As a believer from time to time in fate, I have to wonder if coaching is what he was meant to be doing.

Posted by: kittypawz | February 2, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

the nhl stats shows him with 16 minors 8 majors and 2 misc. -- what are miscellaneous?

in any case, bb does not seem to play the 4th line as much as he did earlier during the year; if he is going to continue that pattern, then i think that should be the line use to rotate players rather than disturbing whatever cohesiveness the other lines have developed.

Posted by: superX | February 2, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse


Brashear definitely has a roll to play, but I don't think you need his roll against every opponent. As was mentioned before, he doesn't really serve a purpose against a team like Detroit. Detroit has some rugged players, like McCarty, but they don't have any true goons, IMO. And if something happened and Brashear wasn't in the game, the Caps still have Erskine, and Clark and Bradley will mix it up from time to time as well. Besides, is it just me, or has Brashear not been doing nearly as much enforcing this year anyhow?

Posted by: cainoo7x | February 2, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Your talking about Donald or Matt Bradley? I think you might of mis-typed earlier on when you said Bradley was a liability because he takes too many penalties.

Posted by: SA-Town | February 2, 2009 11:46 AM | Report abuse

@SA-Town and superX

I'm going to clear up this confusion. SuperX is referring to Brashear as Brads, when I'm pretty sure he meant to write Brash.

Posted by: cainoo7x | February 2, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

i am not a great believer on fate, but reading some of the posts on this blog sure has me questioning my reasons. e.g. there are players that to some people seem to never do anything wrong, although they do, and get praised to hog-heaven. then there is the reverse, those that can never seem to do anything right, although they do, and get send straight to hell without passing GO and collecting 200.
mmm. maybe there is fate after all.

Posted by: superX | February 2, 2009 11:51 AM | Report abuse

Wow - breaking news - new post!!

Posted by: Boo- | February 2, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse


thanks. you are correct. my mistake, i can not seem to correct that problem, i have been called on it before. thanks.

i am sorry for the confusion.

i am going back to bed.

Posted by: superX | February 2, 2009 11:54 AM | Report abuse

Hartsburg is a below than average coach. Surprised he got hired in the first place. He hasn't looked good coaching at the NHL level ever

Posted by: cstanton1 | February 2, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

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