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Hartley says he's on verge of taking job in Russian league

Updated: September 16, 2008, 11:10 AM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

After being dismissed by the Atlanta Thrashers early last season, Bob Hartley is about to land another coaching job -- in Russia.

Hartley said Tuesday morning that he is being courted by Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League and is on the verge of taking a coaching job there.

According to the team's Web site, Omsk fired coaches Sergei Gersonsky and Igor Zhilinsky on Tuesday after a slow 2-4 start.

"I am very interested and excited about the possibilities ...

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