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Will The Avalanche Approach Work?

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

There are eight teams still competing for the Stanley Cup, and precisely none of them operate on the model now being proposed by the new-look Colorado Avalanche.

Then again, it's hard to explain precisely what the Colorado model is, or how it will work.

What we do know is that of the remaining eight, none are run by Hall of Fame centremen with no previous experience or coached by Vezina Trophy winning goalies straight out of junior hockey with expanded powers beyond just minding the bench.

And the eight other NHL clubs that qualified for post-season play before being eliminated in the first round? Nope, they aren't using the buddy system the Avs are going with, the we-won-championships-together-so-we-must-know-how-to-run-a-team approach.


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PuckStopsHere's avatar

To some degree the Edmonton Oilers are trying this approach with Kevin Lowe and Craig MacTavish in charge.

Phoenix tried it when Gretzky was an owner/coach.  It has been done many times without any clear examples of success.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 05/24/13 at 11:29 AM ET

Guilherme's avatar

It has been done many times without any clear examples of success.

Agreed. Keeping people around (look no further than Detroit) probably has a positive effect on the franchise, but not such important positions. Keep the former stars close, but not actually running the team.

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 05/24/13 at 11:53 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Why would Cox presume the Dives are revolutionaries when it comes to superstars becoming equally effective head coaches and/or GMs?  It’s not a new phenomenon.  That’s what this article sounds like.

Posted by SYF from A tall cool pint of Guinness on 05/24/13 at 01:11 PM ET

Primis's avatar

So quick everyone, name the last Major Juniors coach to jump to the NHL that had any sustained success?

Posted by Primis on 05/24/13 at 01:29 PM ET

redxblack's avatar

If Yzerman can do it…

Colorado are still trying to beat the mid-late 90s wings.

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/24/13 at 02:07 PM ET

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