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News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links around the NHL - May 23rd, 2013

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Stephen Dunn

The Vancouver Canucks have fired their coach.

Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault has paid the price for his team’s early exit from the playoffs.

The club fired Vigneault and assistants Rick Bowness and Newell Brown on Wednesday, as the expected fallout from the Canucks’ first-round sweep at the hands of the San Jose Sharks finally came to pass.

CBC has an article up about Roy potentially becoming the next Colorado Avalanche head coach.

"You want to have some patience, because your best players are young," Sakic said.

A fierce competitor on the ice, Roy could bring that same type of demeanour to the bench, even if he doesn't have NHL coaching experience. Since his retirement, Roy has been keeping busy by helping out the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He's served as the team's co-owner, general manager and coach.

The two sides talked about Roy becoming a head coach in 2009, but he chose to remain in Quebec, where his teen sons were still playing junior hockey.

The National Post has an article about the man that puts CBC's NHL montages together.

The idea for a montage can come from a song, a moment, or a shot captured by one of the CBC cameras. Thompson never trained in film. He has a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Guelph, where he studied philosophy and history. He also has a deep appreciation of music. He said his father was a deejay in university, and that the family was familiar with the live music scene around Toronto.

The songs he uses in the montages can cost a few thousand dollars to use. That total can add up over the course of the playoffs, which is why songs that might cost more to license can sometimes be held for more important games in a series, or when the most people will be watching.