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Kirk McLean latest victim in Avalanche revamping

People have lamented about it for years: the part-time goalie coach just isn't working. It seems the new head honchos agree.

The Denver Post announced yesterday that Kirk McLean, goalie consultant for the Avalanche, has been dismissed. In his three-year tenure, the Avs have seen numerous goalies fail in Colorado, only to go on to other teams and perform up to (and sometimes beyond) their potential. Patience ran out this season, and fans called for McLean's head. They got their wish.

McLean worked part-time with the Avs, retaining his home in Vancouver during his time with the team. One would hope the newly appointed decisions makers of Joe Sakic and Josh Kroenke will see how detrimental that situation really was and hire someone to work full time with Semyon Varlamov and JS Giguere, living and breathing the mile high air, as thin as it is.

This move continues to show that the front office isn't just throwing around comments like "creating a winning culture" as lip service. There is some real interest in righting this ship.

No candidates have been identified yet.