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Hardy leaves Hawks' staff to join Kings
Tim Sassone | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 8/5/2008 12:05 AM

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The Blackhawks have settled their coaching situation by allowing assistant Mark Hardy to accept an offer from the Los Angeles Kings to be part of new coach Terry Murray's staff.

The Hawks originally wanted Hardy to become the head coach of their Rockford American Hockey affiliate following the promotion of former IceHogs coach Mike Haviland to Denis Savard's staff.

Hardy didn't want to go to Rockford, so the Hawks hired Bill Peters for that position.

"L.A. called and asked if they could talk to Mark, and Mark has his home out there and we told him we'd do what best for him and his family," Hawks general manager Dale Tallon said.

Hardy was an assistant for six seasons with the Kings from 1999-2006 before joining the Hawks.

The Hawks made the decision to promote Haviland after the Colorado Avalanche called asking permission to speak with him about joining Tony Granato's staff. The Hawks refused Colorado's request.

Another year: The Hawks never announced it formally, but Dale Tallon said Monday he privately agreed with chairman Rocky Wirtz on a contract extension through the 2009-10 season.

Tip-ins: Single-game tickets for all regular-season games will go on sale Monday. The Hawks will open training camp on Sept. 19 and play their first preseason game four days later on Sept. 23 against Columbus at the United Center.