ATLANTA (AP) -The Atlanta Thrashers are the only NHL team without a victory, and coach Bob Hartley is on his way out.
Thrashers defenseman Garnet Exelby confirmed Hartley was removed following an 0-6 start, the first NHL coaching change this season.
``It was a shock,'' he told The Associated Press on Wednesday. ``I don't think anybody saw this coming. It's only six games.''
``Sometimes changes need to be made,'' he added. ``At the same time, it tells all of us it's a big wake-up call and we need to fix this.''
The team scheduled an afternoon news conference amid reports general manager Don Waddell will become interim coach.
The Thrashers have been outscored 27-9, and their winless start comes after they won the Southeast Division last season and made the playoffs for the first time. Atlanta then lost four straight games to the New York Rangers in the first round of the playoffs.
Hartley, who won a Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche in 2001, is in his fifth season with Atlanta. It was clear after Tuesday night's 4-0 loss to Philadelphia that he was aware of building pressure.
``You know what? If anyone is not satisfied with the team effort, I don't agree,'' Hartley said. ``I think those boys work hard. ... Let's keep working, let's get a couple of breaks going our way and we're going to turn this thing around.''
``The last thing that those guys need right now is to be hard on them,'' he added. ``It's hard enough right now. When people don't have great confidence you don't step on them. I'm part of this. We have to find solutions, we have lots of young players, we have lots of new faces, and to get in those guys face and to start yelling and throwing stuff, I think that we would go backward.''

Top NHL Public Bets

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Wild vs. Red Wings Prediction Are the Red Wings a good bet to beat the Wild today at 12:30PM ET when they host Minnesota in one of their final home games?
Thumbnail Blackhawks vs. Panthers Prediction Are the Blackhawks a good bet to beat the Panthers tonight when the two clash at 7:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Stars vs. Sharks Prediction Will the Dallas Stars pull off the upset tonight as a home underdog versus the San Jose Sharks at 8:30PM ET?
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...

NHL Team Pages