Friday, May 09, 2008

Quenneville leaves Avs

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Joel Quenneville will not return to coach the team next season.

“After meeting with Joel, we mutually agreed that the best decision for both parties involved is to go separate ways,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President & General Manager Francois Giguere. “On behalf of the organization, I want to thank Joel for his years of service and wish him the best in his coaching career.”
>> team release
It had been rumoured since the team was swept in Round 2 that this was a possibility. The Avalanche had a ton of injury problems this season, and you really can't pin their loss to Detroit on coaching.

This is a franchise in need of some sort of a rebuild, from the goal out.

Colorado becomes the fifth team with a coaching vacancy; Florida, Atlanta, Ottawa and Toronto also need coaches this off-season. It's also expected San Jose will have an opening in the near future.

I think we're going to see a few new faces join the NHL coaching fraternity next season. (And Pat Quinn's chances to get back in the league are looking better by the day.)

Quenneville's a good coach, and I think he'll catch on with one of those teams. His regular season record of 438-283-77-41 with St. Louis and Colorado speaks for itself, but his playoff record of 42-45 needs work.
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5 Comments:

At 1:52 PM, May 09, 2008, Blogger FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Jacques Martin better be getting Coach Q onthe phone now. he'd be a great fit in south Florida. Hurry before the inevitable Toronto rumours start! LOL

 
At 3:22 PM, May 09, 2008, Blogger Dario said...

I was surprised the Avalanche hired Q after his inexplicable collapse as coach of team Canada in 2004.

Letting Q go has less to do with losing to Detroit. Rumblings around town here have it that there's some possible fued with management, some possible rumblings with Andrew Brunnette and I don't think he's the only irked player in the room. The Avs run a really leakproof organization both in management and in the lockeroom so we may never know the real reasons. We can only speculate.

 
At 4:42 PM, May 09, 2008, Blogger Jonathan said...

Jacques Lemaire has been quoted as saying that he may not return next season- a series of meetings with Minnesota management will determine if he wants to come back as coach or not.

 
At 5:27 PM, May 09, 2008, Blogger Bruce said...

It's also expected San Jose will have an opening in the near future.

I love it. Arrogance goeth before a fall.

 
At 4:13 PM, May 10, 2008, Blogger Blitzen said...

Come and see us in a real hockey town - Ottawa.

 

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