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Moves In Colorado

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Colorado Avalanche completed a major organizational shuffle on Wednesday. The team parted ways with six parted members of the franchise’s hockey operations staff including head coach Tony Granato. 

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the team has made Greg Sherman the new General Manager. Sherman has been assistant general manager of the Avs for the last seven years; he has been in the organization for the last 13 years.

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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has relieved six members of its hockey operations staff from their respective duties.

The list includes head coach Tony Granato, assistant coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, goaltending coach Jeff Hackett, Assistant to the General Manager Michel Goulet and video coordinator PJ DeLuca.

The Avalanche will make an announcement regarding its new management structure later today.

added 11:17am, DENVER – Colorado Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix announced today a new management structure for the organization, effective immediately

 

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Family Will Keep Roy In Quebec

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Late Tuesday night, Roy phoned Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix to tell him that, because of family reasons, Roy will not accept the Avs’ offer to coach the team this coming season. Roy will continue with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but said the door is not shut on his returning to the Avs at some point in the future.

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All This Patrick Roy Talk

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche’s Patrick Roy saga is on the verge of becoming ridiculous. The Colorado front office’s cone of silence is characteristic and often has helped team president Pierre Lacroix get things done. Yet in this case, in light of all the maneuvering, speculation and leaks, it’s impractical.

I spoke with Roy on the phone briefly Monday, but he politely said he would prefer not to comment further on the record about reports he has a standing offer to be the new Avs coach and possibly general manager. Translation: The Avalanche almost certainly has asked him not to talk about his dealings with Colorado.

The problems now are about perceptions. Whether fair or not, the Roy drama is coming off as gamesmanship, including factors such as: a) Roy possibly playing off the Avs and the Montreal Canadiens, hoping to get an offer from his home-province franchise; b) the Avalanche trying to convince Roy that the franchise’s competitive situation isn’t hopeless; c) even the postponement of reaching and announcing a deal because of the desire to stay in the background until the Nuggets’ playoff run is over.

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added 2:20pm, from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Put me into the cynic camp on this one.

The way the story is leaking out, it all seems to be coming from the Roy camp and the bits and pieces indicate that it includes everything he wants: complete control of the bench and who works it with him along with complete control of the personnel decisions.

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Report- Roy Offered GM & Coaching Job By Avalanche

from Sportsnet,

According to a Montreal report, Pierre Lacroix has upped the ante in his pursuit of Patrick Roy to rejoin the Avalanche. Ruefrontenac.com - a website run by locked-out journalists from Le Journal de Montreal - reported Sunday that Avs president Lacroix has offered Roy the jobs of coach and general manager, and that Roy wants to hire Sylvain Lefebvre and Guy Boucher as his assistant coaches.

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Don’t Do It Patrick

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Here’s free advice for Patrick Roy as he decides whether to take a job with the Avalanche:

Don’t do it.

Denver is a great NHL town. We love our hockey. But this is the wrong time. The Avs are a franchise going nowhere.

As much as fans would like to see Roy come swaggering back to Colorado, I’m afraid he knows the ugly reality.

This franchise ain’t nearly what it used to be.

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Report- Roy Has Been Offered Coaching Job In Colorado

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Former Avs star Patrick Roy has been offered Granato’s job and is mulling over the offer, according to multiple NHL sources who are close to Roy. The Hall of Fame goalie could not be reached for comment Sunday night, and the Avs had no comment about the possibility of Roy replacing Granato. Granato has not yet been told he’s out of a job.

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added 2:15pm, from TSN,

Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy has denied a report in the Denver Post that stated he had been offered the head coaching job of the Colorado Avalanche.

“I never received an offer . . . but anyway, I’m not commenting,” Roy told French language website SRC.ca.

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It’s All About Putting Fans In The Seats In Colorado

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Pierre Lacroix isn’t talking and neither is Patrick Roy, but does anybody really think the latter flew to Denver for something other than to discuss the head coaching job with the Avalanche?

So Tony Granato, whose team finished last in the Western Conference, has two years left on his contract. So what? So did a guy named Guy Carbonneau when he was booted out.

If Roy wants the job, he’s got it. And there’s no reason not to want it now that his sons no longer are with the Remparts and Roy has nothing else to prove at the junior coaching level.

It’s all about filling the seats in Denver.

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Patrick Roy Visits Denver

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Patrick Roy, the Hall of Fame former Avalanche goalie, is leaving Denver today after visiting with team president Pierre Lacroix concerning a possible return to the team.

What role Roy might have with the Avalanche remains unclear, but it has been his stated intention to become a coach should he return to the NHL….

For now, Tony Granato remains the Avalanche coach, but Roy’s visit with Lacroix will only heighten the intrigue surrounding his situation with the team. The Avs fired general manager Francois Giguere April 13 and have yet to fill the position. Lacroix said the Avs would have a new “management structure” upon Giguere’s dismissal, so it’s possible there could be some new hybrid roles for existing personnel or those who join the team.

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Dater Dreaming

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Constructed in my dozing off for eight hours (thanks Ambien) were vivid scenes that included Michel Goulet being named the new Avalanche general manager. A foretelling of the future? Could be. Obviously, something in me is trying to spur along the decision-making process of Pierre Lacroix, who will hit the two-week mark tomorrow without a GM.

Somehow, the dream began with me getting off a flight into some warm weather city, and then getting out of a car and walking into some big hotel-type of conference room, where a “Goulet named Avalanche GM” press release was put in front of me….

Somehow, the dream evolved into Mike Babcock getting fired from the Red Wings, and me commiserating with him in another fancy hotel ballroom area.

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Avs Dismissed GM Not Shocked By Firing

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

In the nearly two weeks since being fired as general manager from the Avalanche, Francois Giguere has mostly stayed quiet. While he hopes to work again in NHL management, Giguere believes getting away from it all awhile longer might not be a bad thing.

“Being a manager in the NHL is a job you do 2 4/7/365. That’s the way it was for three years for me, so I realize maybe taking some time away and being with my family more might be good for me,” Giguere said.

Giguere, 45, said he holds no bitterness toward the Avalanche. He called the dismissal “a surprise, but not a shock” because of the team’s poor performance this past season.

“When you have a year like we did, you know there might be a change,” he said. “It was just one of those years. But most everything good that has happened to me in my career in hockey has happened with the Avalanche organization, so I still have nothing but good memories.”

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