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Avs Have Had No Contact With Brunette

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

NHL free agency is a week away, and there still has been no contact between the Avs and Andrew Brunette. Translation: He ain’t comin’ back.

Just got off the phone with Brunette’s agent, Don Reynolds, and he said the Avs have yet to even call him about anything regarding the potential unrestricted Brunette.

continued and little more detail on the Sakic situation…

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  Tags: andrew+brunette

Sakic Delays Decision

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic has further extended the time he needs to decide whether to return to the Avalanche — and it could hamper the team’s free-agency spending plans.

Sakic “definitely will not decide by July 1,” Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said Monday night. That is the date when NHL players can become free agents.

The Avalanche is maintaining public support for Sakic, but his indecision could hamstring the team and take it out as a possible player in the free-agent market.

continued

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Reminiscing with Adam Deadmarsh

From Adrian Dater at All Things Avs in the Denver Post,

Christa [Deadmarsh] was telling me that Peter Forsberg recently paid a visit to their house. Forsberg and Deadmarsh were inseperable in their playing days with the Avs, always competing against one another in some kind of game.

Their latest grudge match involves golf, where the winner of a round gets a green jacket to wear and lord over the other. I guess Peter won by one stroke in their latest match, shooting an 80. When he got back to Sweden, he texted Deadmarsh asking what the temperature was in Idaho that day - “80 perhaps?”

The two reminisced some over their playing days, particularly the Kings-Avs playoff series of 2001. Christa and Adam joked to Peter that if only his spleen had burst a couple games earlier, the Kings would have had a better chance.

read on

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  Tags: adam+deadmarsh, peter+forsberg

Laperriere Cares

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Fighters are always the nicest guys. It is a common saying in hockey, and Ian Laperriere has done nothing but keep it true in his NHL career.

Need a player to give some time for a good cause? Call Lappy. Need a player to say a few words to a group of kids at a school? Call Lappy.

And when the American Diabetes Association and the Denver Father’s Day Council went looking for father of the year candidates, they called Lappy. This month, Laperriere was named one of the city’s four fathers of the year by the ADA.

continued

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  Tags: ian+laperriere

Avs Start Contract Talks with Foote, Sauer

From Rick Sadowski at the Rocky Mountain News,

The agents for defensemen Adam Foote and Kurt Sauer have had preliminary contract talks with the Avalanche and expect to resume discussions shortly before or during the June 20-21 NHL draft.

Foote and Sauer will be eligible for unrestricted free agency on July 1.

continued…

In other not-particularly-fascinating-but-still-suggestive Avalanche news, Adrian Dater mentioned (in his Denver Post blog yesterday) that Joe Sakic has recently been spotted in a local gym. He added this note:

That has to be a good sign, right? If I had said “Joe Sakic has been seen at the all-you-can-eat Pizza Hut lunch buffet for five days straight”, that wouldn’t be such a good thing, right?

 

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  Tags: adam+foote, joe+sakic, kurt+sauer

Granato Named Head Coach of The Avalanche

Colorado Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere announced today the appointment of Tony Granato as the franchise’s head coach.  Granato previously served as the team’s head coach from 2002-2004.

more at the Avs site…

added 12:31pm, Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

Well, so much for going with a fresh, new approach.
I’ve said it before - nothing the Avalanche does ever totally surprises me. At this point, today’s news that Tony Granato will be the head coach - again - was like the effect on me of an already electrocuted man falling into the live wire fence one more time.

 

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A Vote For McLellan

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Curtis Leschyshyn might be a little biased. After all, Todd McLellan — the Detroit Red Wings assistant who could become the Avalanche’s next coach — was in his wedding party.

The former Avalanche defenseman, though, can’t say enough good things about McLellan and what it would mean to the Avs if they get him.

“That would be a very wise decision by the Avalanche,” said Leschyshyn, who now is involved with the Littleton Youth Hockey Association. “He’s ready to coach in the National Hockey League. He’s a guy that didn’t ever jump into something he wasn’t prepared for. He’s made sure that, along the way, he learned and experienced what it was going to take to be successful. That’s why I think he’d be a tremendous guy for a team needing a coach.”

continued

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  Tags: todd+mclellan

Avs May Look To Detroit For Their Coach

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Detroit assistant coach Todd McLellan came off the ice after the Red Wings’ game-morning skate Monday at the American Airlines Center and was about to step into the visiting dressing room when I, well, ambushed him.

I asked McLellan, in his third season with Detroit, if he would be interested in the Colorado coaching job, vacant since the Avalanche and Joel Quenneville parted ways Friday.

“I would be very interested,” McLellan, 40, said several hours before the Wings beat the Dallas Stars in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. “I think right now there are a number of young coaches who have come up from the American League and have done a good job, and I consider myself one of those.”

read on

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  Tags: todd+mclellan

Patrick Roy? Just Kidding

From Bernie Lincicome at the Rocky Mountain News,

Wait. I was only kidding when I suggested Patrick Roy for the coach of the Avalanche. So, I take no credit or blame if Roy gets to stand under his own jersey hanging up there in the Pepsi Center rafters, along with those two Stanley Cup banners he helped win.

My suggestion was in keeping with the Avs’ fondness for leafing backward through their old scrapbooks. Oh, look. There’s Ray Bourque.

Why not him? Or how about Adam Deadmarsh, great name. Chris Drury, old Captain Clutch, still playing, could be a player-coach.

No, it is Roy, the only name that gets the blood up, causes conversation.

continued…

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  Tags: coaching, patrick+roy

Could Patrick Roy Return to the Avs?

From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,

Roy, who retired in 2003 with the Avs, has coached the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League since then. Speculation has begun that he might be ready to return to the NHL with the Avs behind the bench.

“Am I interested? Right now I am very happy in Quebec with the Remparts. I really haven’t thought about one day making the move to the NHL. Right now this is only a rumor or speculation,” Roy told RDS.

But Roy seemed to leave a little wiggle room that he might be interested.

“We’ll see what’s going to happen. Francois Giguere will certainly have a list of candidates that he would like to meet.”

more…

Note: Reported earlier today, coach Joel Quenneville was informed his contract won’t be renewed

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  Tags: joel+quenneville, patrick+roy

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