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A New Atmosphere In Denver

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Avalanche left wing Gabe Landeskog acknowledged Thursday that he was pleased to learn he will remain captain and that new coach Jared Bednar represents change from something that wasn’t working.

Landeskog, who is preparing for his sixth NHL season, and fellow Swede Carl Soderberg practiced under Bednar for the first time Thursday. Both were given a couple days off after Sweden was eliminated from the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.

“It needs to be said that I respected Patty on and off the ice and I enjoyed working with him for three years,” Landeskog said about former coach Patrick Roy, who abruptly resigned Aug. 11 after two nonplayoff seasons. “But I’m really exited about having Jared here. It feels like he brings in a lot of fresh air and comes in with a lot of optimism about this group. It feels like he believes in us.”

Under Roy, the Avs played too much in their own zone. Shots-against average was among the league’s highest, which limited time in the offensive zone. Bednar wants to push the pace with a north-south breakout that doesn’t allow the puck going backward.


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Jarome Iginla As He Nears Age 40

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Jarome Iginla enters his 20th NHL season — third with the Avalanche — still looking like a prizefighter in his prime. The right winger’s only body fat is of the essential kind, and his appearance offsets his age, 39, as well as the status of his contract, which expires after this season and could be his last.

At Joe Sakic’s celebrity golf tournament earlier this month, Iginla repeatedly said that his ability to play physical at this stage of his career will lead him to success — this season and perhaps beyond.

“I want to be better than I was last year,” said Iginla, whose 22 goals in 2015-16 were second on the team but fewest since his rookie season in 1996-97. “I had a good start last year, a tough middle and a good last quarter — as far as my play. At times I got away from being gritty or aggressive enough. I’d like to get back to that. I’m not trying to save myself for anything. I want to come back and be physical, a net-front presence and I still enjoy playing a lot. I still feel good. I feel strong. I want to be apart of, first of all, the playoffs, and I feel that we can do that. And once you get there, you never know, but with this group it’s getting better and better.”


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Joe Sakic Believes In His Team

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Sakic’s only major change was to his coaching staff, replacing bench boss Patrick Roy with Jared Bednar after Roy’s surprising Aug. 11 resignation. Colorado’s core players from last season’s 39-39-4 nonplayoff team (82 points) remain intact.

“We looked at all different avenues to improve the club. At the end, we believe in this group,” Sakic said at Sanctuary Golf Course, where 31 foursomes teed off to benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies. “Do we need to make the next step? Yes, we do, and that step is learning how to finish games. For the most part last year, we got off to pretty good starts. But in the third period, we didn’t do well. If we could have found ways to get games in overtime and play better in those key moments — that’s learning how to win, to put games away. That’s what we’re hoping to accomplish this year, and get the belief in knowing what it takes on a consistent basis to finish games off.”

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Afternoon Line- Nathan MacKinnon

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Jared Bednar Is The New-Look Coach In Colorado

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Avalanche last week broke the syndrome of hiring recycled NHL coaches, opting to fill their late-summer bench vacancy with Jared Bednar. If you’ve been too buried in beach reading to pay attention, the job opened unexpectedly when Patrick Roy abruptly resigned Aug. 11, convinced that his view from the bench was not in focus with the rest of Denver’s front office cognoscenti.

Unlike Roy, the sometimes tempestuous Hall of Fame goalie who backstopped Cups in both Montreal and Denver, the 44-year-old Bednar lacks any “Q factor.” Even in Cleveland, where he led the AHL franchise this spring to the Calder Cup championship, he was a virtual unknown. A defenseman, he was undrafted after three years of junior (Western Hockey League), then kicked around the minors for eight seasons before breaking into coaching as an assistant with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays in 2002-03.

Some 14 seasons later, including three with the Springfield Falcons, voila, Bednar hit the big time Thursday when Joe Sakic and friends picked him to lead them out of their protracted tailspin. The Avs missed the playoffs for a second season in a row in 2015-16 and have DNQ’s five of the last six seasons. Roy’s bench had gone flat, despite some young, high-end talent up front (Nathan MacKinnon, Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog).

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The Coaching Candidates For The Colorado Avalanche

from Terry Frei and Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

NHL assistant coaches Bob Boughner of the San Jose Sharks and Kevin Dineen of the Chicago Blackhawks have emerged as major candidates in the Avalanche’s search for a head coach to succeed Patrick Roy.

Boughner is a former Colorado defenseman. Dineen is a former University of Denver standout and a former head coach of the Florida Panthers. The Avalanche wouldn’t comment on either Boughner or Dineen, or any other candidates, saying only that the team’s preliminary phase of the interview process continued....

The other candidates in the evolving field to succeed Roy are Jared Bednar, head coach of the Cleveland (formerly Lake Erie) Monsters, who recently won the AHL’s Calder Cup; fellow AHL head coach Travis Green of the Utica Comets; Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert; and New York Rangers associate head coach Scott Arniel.


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The Search For A Coach In Colorado

from Terry Frei and Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

A week after Patrick Roy’s surprise resignation as coach, the Avalanche is tightening its focus on a pool of candidates that includes Lake Erie Monsters head coach Jared Bednar.

Other coaches the Avs appear to have interest in looking at, but aren’t necessarily limited to, include Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert, New York Rangers associate head coach Scott Arniel and American Hockey League coach Travis Green of the Utica Comets.


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Morning Line- Terry Frei On Patrick Roy

Roy started to feel like a coach. A coach only. He was starting to feel like men he had played for who might or might not have been good behind the bench but had little influence on the organizational decisions about who was on his roster. He thought it would be different, working with a fellow Hall of Famer and teammate in a market where he paraded twice. It would have been similar in Montreal, but not exactly the same.

Did he quit on the Avs? Sure, he did. As coach. Because he thought he had been fired as a VP.

-Terry Frei of the Denver Post on Patrick Roy.  More from Frei on Roy and Joe Sackic.

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The Split In Colorado

from Woody Paige of The Gazette,

Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic, linked together as teammates, colleagues and friends for 10½ seasons with the Avalanche, were split apart Thursday, causing a gaping gash.

It’s an unpleasant, ugly breakup between the hot-blooded, impulsive Roy and the even-tempered, halcyon Sakic.

Perhaps the separation of the pair, like oil and water, was inevitable with Sakic as Avs’ executive vice president/general manager and Roy as vice president of hockey operations/head coach. Unlike John Elway with the Broncos, neither Roy nor Sakic had total control. And, ultimately, they couldn’t share the reign and the reins.

Therein lies the tale of the Patty melt.


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The Colorado Avalanche Now Need A Head Coach

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic hadn’t expected to have to call the hockey staff together for this kind of meeting in the middle of August, but he said Thursday that the search for Patrick Roy’s successor as coach would begin immediately.

“Myself and my staff are going to get together (Saturday) and look at candidates, and go ahead and look for the right guy to take us to the next level,” he said.

“We’re going to put a group of candidates together and then start the interview process,” Sakic added. “As you can probably all understand, this caught us all off guard. There’s no timetable. Obviously, we’d like to have it done before training camp. But we want to interview quite a few people and see who we all feel is the best fit.”

Sakic said none of the Avalanche assistants — Dave Farrish, Tim Army and Nolan Pratt — would be considered.


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