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Hartsburg on way back to NHL

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:35 PM ET

Former Ottawa Senators coach Craig Hartsburg is headed back to the NHL.

Just where, though, remains to be seen.

Hartsburg stepped down as coach of the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips Sunday to "pursue an opportunity in the National Hockey League," according to a press release from the team. The 51-year-old, who has also coached the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks, put together a record of 74-54-10-6 in two seasons with the Silvertips and was nominated for the WHL's coach of the year award in 2009-10.

"The Silvertips would like to thank Craig and Peggy Hartsburg for their contributions to the team and the community," Everett general manager Doug Soetaert said. "We are very appreciative of Craig's professionalism and his guidance of our hockey players over the last two years."

Hartsburg had heart surgery in November to deal with an ascending aortic aneurysm.

Rumours persist that Hartsburg will join the Calgary Flames and work under head coach Brent Sutter.

But Hartsburg's last stint with an NHL team didn't fare well. He was fired by the Senators midway through the 2008-09 season after going 17-24-7.

Brashear by KO

Former NHL tough guy Donald Brashear showed he hasn't lost his punching power, winning his mixed martial arts debut in quick fashion.

Brashear needed just 21 seconds to knock out Mathieu Bergeron of Sherbrooke, Que., during the Ringside MMA event Saturday in Quebec City. The 39-year-old floored Bergeron with a right hook just after the opening bell then finished him off with a series of hammer fists.

In 1,025 career games with five NHL teams, Brashear had 85 goals and 2,634 penalty minutes.

In the main event, former UFC fighter Patrick Cote posted a unanimous-decision win over Toddy Brown.

Bye bye to Big D

Brad Richards took to Twitter to, essentially, confirm what the rest of the hockey world already knew.

He wasn't going to be back with the Dallas Stars.

The Stars have already indicated they would not be offering Richards a contract and he would likely test free agency. Richards' tweet is more of a farewell message to Stars fans than anything else.

"Thanks to all the fans in Dallas for 3 great years. Will miss everyone... Gonna take a rest from twitter For a bit.... Chat soon," Richards said via his Twitter account.

And where will Richards, perhaps the most sought-after free agent forward available this summer, wind up? Tampa, perhaps?

"I never really wanted to leave Tampa," Richards told the St. Petersburg Times. "So, obviously, on July 1, if they talk to me, it's going to be something I'll listen to because of my history there."


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