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A Two-Year Extension For Jared Bednar In Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has signed head coach Jared Bednar to a two-year contract extension that runs through the 2021-22 season.

Bednar completed his third season as Colorado’s head coach in 2018-19, leading the Avalanche to its second straight playoff berth, the first Avs team to make back-to-back postseason appearances in 13 years.  The Avalanche defeated Calgary—the Western Conference’s top team during the regular season—in  five games during the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the club’s first postseason series win since 2008.

“Jared has done a tremendous job behind the bench and has earned the opportunity to continue leading this team,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President / General Manager Joe Sakic. “He is an outstanding coach who has the full trust of his players, coaches and staff.  He has guided this franchise to two straight playoff appearances and we are excited with what this group can do moving forward.”

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Video- An Unhappy Nathan MacKinnon On The Colorado Bench Last Night

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

Nathan MacKinnon was not a happy camper after his team gave up a late goal to the Flames, seemingly saying to his coach, “Do your job.”

I did try to find additional information on this without success.  The Denver Post did not have a reporter on scene, instead goind with an AP game story, the Avs website posted Jared Bedner post-game, he did not address it and the Calgary newspapers had nothing on the incident.

The Avs lost the game 5-3.

 

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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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