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CALGARY FLAMES FIRE CRISP

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Terry Crisp, whose Calgary Flames were eliminated in the first round of the NHL playoffs, was fired today as coach of the team that finished with the league's second-best record.

In three years with the Flames, Crisp led them to their first Stanley Cup in 1989 and the league's best record in 1988 and '89. His record was 144-63-33.General manager Cliff Fletcher said the 46-year-old Crisp had the option of remaining with the team in a "meaningful capacity," but the former NHL player was not at today's news conference. Fletcher did not name Crisp's successor but planned to do so within several days.

Although the Flames won the '89 Stanley Cup, this year's early exit from the playoffs - by the Los Angeles Kings in six games - apparently sealed Crisp's fate. In his rookie season, the Flames finished first in the overall standings but were knocked out of the playoffs in the second round by the Edmonton Oilers.