You have to give the Columbus Blue Jackets some credit, they’re assembling quite the cast of names for positions with the team.
Today, the Jackets announced the hiring of Craig Hartsburg as associate coach under Todd Richards. Hartsburg is a former head coach with the Chicago Blackhawks, Anaheim Ducks, and Ottawa Senators and Richards is more than happy to have him on board.
“Craig Hartsburg has been a successful head coach at every level of hockey including the NHL, has been an assistant or associate coach in the League and was an All-Star as a player, so I feel very fortunate to add a coach and person of his caliber to our staff,” said Richards. “He will be a valuable resource for me, our staff and players, and I am very happy to welcome him to the Columbus Blue Jackets.”
Hartsburg joining up as an associate head coach along with Craig Patrick working in the front office along with Scott Howson gives Columbus some big hockey names to go with their organization. Add in their apparent pursuit of John Davidson to join the team and the Blue Jackets almost seem… legitimate.
Now if the team could find a way to make the names on the ice more of a big deal maybe they’ll have something going there. One other note: Craig Hartsburg is also the former head coach of the Everett Silvertips in the WHL and coached Ryan Murray there. Well isn’t that a happy coincidence!
There was more reshuffling in Calgary on Thursday as the club announced associate coach Craig Hartsburg — Brent Sutter’s former right-hand man — would be relieved of his duties.
The move didn’t come as much of a surprise given 1) Hartsburg was a Sutter guy and 2) Sutter has been replaced as head coach by Bob Hartley.
“I had a couple of conversations with Bob. As an older coach in the league, I kinda sensed that maybe it’s the best situation for him having his own guys. I’ve been in his shoes,” Hartsburg told the Calgary Herald. “He’s been in that situation where Bob is right now, so he understands.”
Hartley had already added former Colorado assistant Jacques Cloutier to his staff and is rumored to be pursuing Eric Veilleux, who played for Hartley in Laval (QMJHL) and Hershey (AHL) and recently led Shawinigan to the Memorial Cup.
If history suggests anything, it’s that Hartsburg won’t be out of work for long. He’s essentially been a head or assistant/associate coach since 1990, moving from Minnesota to Philadelphia to Guelph to Chicago to Anaheim to Sault Ste. Marie, back to Philadelphia, back to Sault Ste. Marie, then to Ottawa, Everett and finally, Calgary.
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
In breaking the rules of Fight Club, we’ll talk about Pension Plan Puppets’ “Project Mayhem” in which they seek to get Dany Heatley elected to the All-Star Game. The game is in Ottawa don’t you know. Yeah, we dig this kind of fan trolling. (PPP)
Speaking of All-Star vote campaigns, Rangers fans are backing up John Tortorella and trying to get Dan Girardi elected to the game. (New York Magazine)
Clarke MacArthur feels bad about scoring an own goal against Ottawa and owns it. (Toronto Sun)
The Kings are adding a Russian flavor by calling up Andrei Loktionov and Slava Voynov. (L.A. Kings)
Scottie Upshall is hurt a bit more than the Panthers hoped. (Sun Sentinel)
If Brent Sutter is going to get bounced in Calgary, could Craig Hartsburg make his NHL return there? (Senators Extra)
More Kings: They’re digging their fourth line options in L.A. hardcore now. (L.A. Kings Insider)
Ed Snider says the Flyers should retire Mark Howe’s number. He’s the boss so that means it’s probably going to happen. (CSNPhilly)
Shh… Cody Hodgson is playing pretty well in Vancouver. (Toronto Sun)
Kings and Ducks could both use a kick in the pants. Perhaps they’ll provide it for each other in their upcoming home-and-home. (L.A. Times)
Finally, Matt Read might be the Evel Knievel of goal scorers after potting this one on Cam Ward in a Flyers victory. Amazingly he went unhurt. (NHL)