ATLANTA (AP) -The Thrashers promoted Brad McCrimmon to associate coach Tuesday in a move that could pave the way for him to take over for Don Waddell, Atlanta's general manager and interim coach.
Waddell moved to the bench after firing Bob Hartley when the Thrashers started 0-6.
``Brad is an important part of our coaching staff and this well-deserved promotion reflects the expanded role I have asked him to take on,'' Waddell said.
``He has a great deal of NHL experience, is very well-respected and has earned this opportunity.''
The 48-year-old McCrimmon is in his fourth season in Atlanta as an assistant.
McCrimmon, a native of Plenty, Saskatchewan, is a former assistant with Calgary (2000-02) and the New York Islanders (1997-98).
He coached the Western Hockey League's Saskatoon Blades for two years.
McCrimmon played in 1,222 games over 18 NHL seasons from 1979 to 1997 with Boston, Philadelphia, Calgary, Detroit, Hartford and Phoenix.

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Hosts still pushing for playoff spot   Maple Leafs rookie Auston Matthews snapped a seven-game goalless drought when he potted his 32nd marker of the season Saturday. Can Ontario’s darling carry that...
Thumbnail Laine, visitors aim to extend Minny's skid   A season that started so promisingly for the Wild is spinning out of control down the stretch. Can Bruce Boudreau’s troops find a way to right themselves...
Thumbnail Defending champs overcoming health issues Washington’s recent slide has provided a glimmer of hope for Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division race. But can the Pens avoid a letdown tonight against...
Thumbnail Western Conference heavyweights hit Canada With mere weeks left in the regular season, Ottawa’s staking a serious claim for the top spot in the Atlantic Division. But will Guy Boucher’s club manage to...
Thumbnail Gaudreau, friends to keep hot streak alive The Flames haven’t lost in regulation for a full month. Still, the ultra-competitive nature of the Western Conference makes Glen Gulutzan’s club anything but...

NHL Team Pages