Report; Hartley close to new coaching deal in Russia

8 décembre 2019
Bob Hartley, a former Stanley Cup winning coach and winner of the Jack Adams as NHL Coach of the Year, is reportedly close to extending his stay in Russia. Hartley has been coaching Avangard Omsk of the KHL for the last two seasons and reports out of Russia state he's very close to signing an extension for another two years.

Hartley was recently linked to the Montreal Canadiens as a possible replacement for head coach Claude Julien when the Habs were going through an eight-game losing skid. Some outlets were reporting that Hartley had spoken to GM Marc Bergevin by telephone when Bergevin was in Russia on other business, but apparently told him he was happy where he is.

Hartley led Omsk to the Gagarin Cup finals last season. The team is also looking very good this year as it currently sits atop the Chernyshev division with a goal differential of plus-37.

Hartley won a Stanley Cup as coach of the Colorado Avalanche in the 2000-01 season. He also brought the team to the Conference Finals in three other years. He won the Jack Adams Trophy as Coach of the Year in 2014-15 with the Calgary Flames.