It was previously speculated that George Gwozdecky might not be a very good fit for/eager to join the Avs since he was so established with the Pioneers. Our assistant coach recently left for a NCAA post as 'cushy' as the one Gwozdecky was just relieved of. After 19 years, he's been let go, apparently on account of too many early exits in the last six NCAA tournaments.
DU is the only Division I hockey team to win 20 games each of the past 12 seasons. However, the Pioneers on Friday lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the past six years, part of the reason the sources said Gwozdecky was fired.
His name is added to Lindy Ruff, Guy Boucher, and perhaps Patrick Roy as candidates. My thoughts on these coaches:
Ruff-he had a lot of talent to work with and a dearth of real results. He also managed to eke out decent records with underwhelming rosters, but overall given the complacency and inconsistency we've seen with the Avs this year, he might not be a good fit
Boucher-his resumé is short, but impressive. Very strong results in juniors and a eastern conference finals appearance in his first year. He's known for the 1-3-1 system, but despite this trap/defensive rep, Stamkos still manages to compete for the Rocket Richard trophy every year. His firey demeanor, scary-ass scar (whose origins are a secret!), and lack of defensive ineptitude could do good things for what currently ails the Avs.
...speaking of firey demeanors and impressive results as a Juniors coach, Patrick Roy should also be considered. I don't know enough about the QMJHL, but perhaps having had a few more years with his kids in Quebec will have changed his perspective about where he wants to stay and what his coaching career will look like. It's risky because nobody will want to tarnish his reputation around here. He'd be a tough coach to fire, in other words. But judging by how long Sacco has stuck around, perhaps any Colorado coach is tough to let go of?