Calgary Flames fire coach Bob Hartley

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Bob Hartley, head coach of the Calgary Flames, directs the players during a break in action against the Florida Panthers, in Sunrise, Florida, in November 2015 (AFP Photo/Joel Auerbach)
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Montreal (AFP) - Calgary Flames coach Bob Hartley was fired by the club, 12 months after being named coach of the year, the National Hockey League team announced.

Hartley, 55, on Tuesday paid the price for failing to guide the Flames to the playoffs. Associate coach Jacques Cloutier was also dumped.

Hartley, who coached Calgary for four seasons, had a 134-135-25 record with the Flames. General manager Brad Treliving insisted Hartley's dismissal had been properly thought through.

"For us to move forward, I felt this decision had to be made," Treliving said.

Bruce Boudreau, fired by the Anaheim Ducks over the weekend, emerged as the favorite to succeed Hartley, US reports said.

Hartley led the Colorado Avalanche to the 2001 Stanley Cup and coached the Atlanta Thrashers from 2003-2007 before winding up in Calgary.

The Flames' last season was undermined by poor goaltending, with the club posting a .879 percentage, the worst in the NHL in more than two decades.

"Our goaltending was not good this year," Treliving said. "That falls on the general manager. I need to fix that. The way we played in front of the goaltender needs to be fixed as well."