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Everyone's getting weary of Hartley's goon routine

STEVE SIMMONS -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 10:31 AM ET

TORONTO -- Bob Hartley is quickly becoming an embarrassment to the new National Hockey League.

At a time when hockey is doing its utmost to put on a happy face, Hartley's worst instincts are dragging the game back to its neanderthal past.

Soon, the talented but ridiculously inept Atlanta Thrashers may have to make a decision on their coach's future.

And don't be the least bit surprised if there is league pressure to remove Hartley from the Atlanta bench.

Atlanta players are being suspended for actions the coach could easily put an end to.

"I don't want to be known as a GM of a team that deliberately goes out to hurt people," general manager Don Waddell said.

Well, guess what?

The hurting is happening.

The Thrashers are damaging people and their game with a reckless approach.

And it's applauded by a reckless head coach.

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