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View Poll Results: Who coaches the Avs next season?
Patrick Roy 68 37.36%
Lindy Ruff 12 6.59%
Army 3 1.65%
Quinn 19 10.44%
Other 27 14.84%
Sacco (God help us all) 29 15.93%
Pepsi Center Janitor who always watches games with big dreams 24 13.19%
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03-29-2013, 10:22 PM
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I always remember that big debacle game TB against the Flyers last year where PHI sat in the def. zone for what seemed like an eternity and TB just sat back in the neutral zone, then Martin St. Louis went to his bench with his hands in the air saying to Boucher 'Well now what?"


Ah yes, I too remember. That was a rather funny moment

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Ah yes, I too remember. That was a rather funny moment
Haha that was epic, I don't remember that.

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The sad part is that all the leading options are or were part of this origination in one way or another. #mickeymouseoriginization

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Haha that was epic, I don't remember that.
There is a longer clip on youtube somewhere where Marc "bounty" Crawford gets all ticked off about this and wants a rule change from the NHL. Its funny too, but I have him on the "Never to Like Again" list, so anything that makes him whine is good entertainment for me.

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I think the Avs should hire George Gwozdecky, since he's available now.

For those of you that missed it, he resigned as DU's head coach earlier today. You can read more about it HERE.

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I think the Avs should hire George Gwozdecky, since he's available now.

For those of you that missed it, he resigned as DU's head coach earlier today. You can read more about it HERE.
Some of the guys are speculating it's a really bad joke in the other thread. I'd love it if he wanted to coach the Avs.

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Some of the guys are speculating it's a really bad joke in the other thread. I'd love it if he wanted to coach the Avs.
Why?

It's odd that some of the same people who have said they want a coach with previous NHL experience are now pushing for Gwozdecky to get the job in the other thread. Is it just a DU/Denver/Colorado thing or has this guy actually shown he can coach in the NHL? I don't know anything about him but I've never heard his name mentioned for a NHL job. Don't know if that's because him leaving DU was very unlikely to happen or because he's no good.

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Why?

It's odd that some of the same people who have said they want a coach with previous NHL experience are now pushing for Gwozdecky to get the job in the other thread. Is it just a DU/Denver/Colorado thing or has this guy actually shown he can coach in the NHL? I don't know anything about him but I've never heard his name mentioned for a NHL job. Don't know if that's because him leaving DU was very unlikely to happen or because he's no good.
I'm not sure who these same people are who wanted an NHL experienced coach who are pushing for Gwozdecky, but I think more people would just like to see a coach who has shown success at ANY level as a head coach... which is currently less of a prerequisite for Avalanche management than having some connection to the organization. (Joe Sacco) That's why Roy has his supporters. He meets both criteria so it's something in the realm of possibility and there's hope his success as a junior level coach would translate to the NHL.

And Gwozdecky is obviously not "no good"... you can't wonder about that if you've been paying attention. Would his NCAA success translate to the NHL? That is an unknown and the answer could be no. But the answer could be yes. And you can't say that about the Avs current coaching situation.

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Why?

It's odd that some of the same people who have said they want a coach with previous NHL experience are now pushing for Gwozdecky to get the job in the other thread. Is it just a DU/Denver/Colorado thing or has this guy actually shown he can coach in the NHL? I don't know anything about him but I've never heard his name mentioned for a NHL job. Don't know if that's because him leaving DU was very unlikely to happen or because he's no good.
Because he can already coach Staz and he'd be better than any of our in-house options.

I want Eakins most with Cooper gone, but Woz could be a great alternative.

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Why?
I don't know anything about him but I've never heard his name mentioned for a NHL job. Don't know if that's because him leaving DU was very unlikely to happen or because he's no good.
This guy was coaching longer at DU than Ruff was in Buffalo, I could see why he wouldn't be on many teams radars.

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Coaching college is one thing. Coaching pros is another. NCAA plays what, 40 games or so at most? Only on weekends too.

On top of that, Gwozdecky wasn't that good of a college coach. And he had the luxury of building his roster however he liked, which he did.

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Coaching college is one thing. Coaching pros is another. NCAA plays what, 40 games or so at most? Only on weekends too.

On top of that, Gwozdecky wasn't that good of a college coach. And he had the luxury of building his roster however he liked, which he did.
You're kidding, right?!

Gwozdecky led DU to back-to-back national championships in 2004 and 2005. He leaves with his team having posted 20 or more wins in 12 consecutive years (only Michigan has had a longer string), guiding DU to their sixth consecutive NCAA Tournament berth this year.

Oh, and let's not forget all of his former players who are now playing in the NHL, including the one that won the Hobey Baker Award in 2006.

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Our next coach cannot be a college coach or any coach without NHL experience. Just my two cents.

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I wouldn't mind giving Gwoz a chance as an assistant coach with the Avs.

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Coaching college is one thing. Coaching pros is another. NCAA plays what, 40 games or so at most? Only on weekends too.
And coaching at this altitude is one more thing. You can't make an argument for shorter games without mentioning the physical demands (and advantages vs. an opponent) of playing at altitude.

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I wouldn't mind giving Gwoz a chance as an assistant coach with the Avs.
I was thinking that as well, but I feel he'd only want to be a HC somewhere.

If Roy becomes the Avs coach, I'd like to see him get Bourque or Larry Robinsons to be the D coach, and help guys like EJ, Jones (hopefully) and the rest play up to their potential.

I'd like the other guy to be an older more experienced coach, and Gwoz could be a good fit there, but again I doubt he wants to be an assistant. He'll get enough HC offers to pass that up easily.

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I was thinking that as well, but I feel he'd only want to be a HC somewhere.

If Roy becomes the Avs coach, I'd like to see him get Bourque or Larry Robinsons to be the D coach, and help guys like EJ, Jones (hopefully) and the rest play up to their potential.

I'd like the other guy to be an older more experienced coach, and Gwoz could be a good fit there, but again I doubt he wants to be an assistant. He'll get enough HC offers to pass that up easily.
HC offers in the NHL? I dunno...
HC offers in the college world? Absolutely!

Nothing wrong with taking an assistant position for a years at the NHL level. If you're good, HC offers will come in.

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I wouldn't mind giving Gwoz a chance as an assistant coach with the Avs.
Roy HC, Gwoz and Ray Bourque as assistant coach. 1995 Pierre Lacroix as GM. Lets do it.

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Roy HC, Gwoz and Ray Bourque as assistant coach. 1995 Pierre Lacroix as GM. Lets do it.
Add a full-time goalie coach and we're good to go.

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Roy HC, Gwoz and Ray Bourque as assistant coach. 1995 Pierre Lacroix as GM. Lets do it.
Pracey kinda looks like a '95 Pierre Lacroix. Close enough?

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I would bet money Sacco stays. Even if we completely tank and go winless. It wont matter. Guarwnteed

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Our next coach cannot be a college coach or any coach without NHL experience. Just my two cents.
I tend to agree with this... we need a coach that can jump in an coach this team with out their own growing pains. The options out there don't seem real great for this option though... Ruff?

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I don't freakin' care if the coach has NHL experience or not. All I want is a coach who is smart enough to realize that David Jones should not be used as a checking forward, Matt Hunwick should never, EVER be out there on the power play, Greg Zanon shouldn't be out there at all, Tyson Barrie deserves a chance to play major minutes, and someone should probably clear the crease of warm bodies now and again.

That's not too much to ask.

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What about Ron Wilson?
I wonder how a tandem of Wilson and Jacques Martin would look?
I know Martin wants a HC position but they are plenty of former bench
bosses that have taken asst. coach jobs, esp. if the price is right
Apparently you like how our defense plays now, cause Wilson certainly won't be improving on it. I'm not sure if it's possible, but he may actually cause them to play worse.

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Just looked through half of the NHL coaches. They all progressed from college to minors/assistant to HC. Haven't found a single one transition from College coach to NHL coach yet. But I'm being lazy and only looked through half of the current NHL Coaches.

Doesn't seem realistic. Next move should be for Gwoz to cut his teeth in the minors. Do we need a replacement for Quinn? I could see Gwoz being the 2-3 year plan.

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