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