The Calgary Flames have fired head coach Bob Hartley, as well as associate coach Jacques Cloutier.
"I want to thank Bob. Bob did some very good things here," Flames GM Brad Treliving said. "He built a foundation in this organization. And apart from all else, he put his heart and soul into this team every day. He bled for this team. And Bob is a good coach, so I want to thank him. It's a difficult day to get through this."
Hartley won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL's top coach last season after leading the Flames to their first playoff appearance since 2009.
He went 134-135-25 in his career behind the bench with the Flames. In 13 seasons as a coach with the Flames, Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers, Hartley is 463-361-59 with 61 ties in 944 games. He led the Avalanche to the 2001 Stanley Cup.
"This decision that I reached was not based solely on this season," Treliving said. "Anytime that you go through a situation where a coach is being relieved there is blood on a lot of hands. It starts with myself. There is responsibility with the players and it goes through organizationally. Make no mistake, there is responsibility to bear outside of Bob.
"But when you go through the process, which I've gone through the past couple of weeks, I just felt at this particular time for us to move forward, Bob has taken this team as far as I feel he can take it."