The Avs will find themselves once more looking for another assistant coach after this season, as David Quinn has been hired to coach the Boston University Terriers next season. (He will finish out this year with the Avs.) The Avs put together a nice article on Quinn’s hockey career thus far here, along with a couple of quotes about his new job. I think that Quinn has done a really good job in the Avalanche organization, first in his time with the Lake Erie Monsters, and now this season as an assistant. I’m sure he’ll be very successful at BU, and wish him all the best.
However, this once again puts the Avs in the position of needing a new assistant coach. In 2011, Steve Konawalchuk left the team in order to become the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. At that time, Adam Deadmarsh was promoted from video coach to assistant coach. In the past offseason, the Avs lost both assistant coaches, as Sylvain Lefebvre left to become the head coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs of the AHL, and Adam Deadmarsh was reassigned to be a player development coach (Deadmarsh’s career ended due to concussion problems, and he found that headaches began to return when he was an assistant coach). Now, the Avs will lose Quinn to BU. When one also considers that Joe Sacco
should be could very well be fired before next season, the Avs will have two holes to fill on the coaching staff once more. The question is, who might be available for the job?
The Avs love to hire from within, so I think it’s important to look at those names first.
- Scott Masters-the Avs current video coach might be a candidate for a promotion, as both Deadmarsh and Tim Army found themselves transitioned from video coach to assistant coach (Deadmarsh after two seasons, Army after one).
- Dean Chynoweth-Both Joe Sacco and David Quinn were originally head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters. Chynoweth has only been around for a season though, so the organization might want to let him develop further.
- David Oliver-Currently Lake Erie’s assistant coach and director of AHL operations, Oliver has been involved with the Monsters since their inaugural season of 2007-2008, and has been the Avs director of AHL operations for two years now.
There’s also an outside chance that the Avs might look to former players to join the coaching staff. I know that Adam Foote has spent time coaching a junior team here in Colorado, and he might be interested in rejoining the Avs organization in a coaching capacity. As always, hope abounds that Patrick Roy will be hired as a head coach of the team, but I think that’s unlikely, as much as it pains me to say. I know that Mark Rycroft works as an analyst for the team currently, and I don’t know if he’s interested, but I think he could make a hell of a video coach.
If the Avs were to look outside of the organization for once, I think that Guy Boucher, recently fired from the Tampa Bay Lightning could make a nice fit. However, I don’t think he would be willing to join the Avs unless they made him the head coach.