News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - March 26th, 2013

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David Quinn will not be an assistant coach for the Colorado Avalanche next season.

Quinn spent five years on Parker’s staff before departing after the Terriers’ national championship season in 2009 to take over as head coach of the Lake Erie Monsters — Colorado’s AHL affiliate. He joined the Avalanche in 2012 and is expected to finish the season with Colorado.

Semin will remain in Carolina.

Alexander Semin has agreed to a five-year contract extension with the Carolina Hurricanes.

The team announced Monday that Semin will make $7 million (U.S.) per year through the 2017-18 season.

And Tampa Bay has a new coach.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have hired Jon Cooper as their new coach.

The team announced the move on Monday night.

The Thirty Thoughts are always worth a read.

28. It gets forgotten now, but there was a time in the last decade when the NHL was far, far ahead of the NFL when it came to concussion research and treatment. In the last few years, football has made significant adjustments. First, it changed the way defensive players could hit. Last week, it added a new rule that running backs cannot lead with the crown of their helmets outside the tackles. Imagine Jim Brown or one of my childhood gods, Earl Campbell, being told that. Times change.

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