Avalanche make sweeping changes to coaching staff after dismal year

Colorado Avalanche assistant coach Tim Army, left, confers with head coach Jared Bednar (David Zalubowski/AP)

The Colorado Avalanche have dismissed three coaches following their dismal 22-56-4 season.

The team announced Tuesday that goaltending coach Francois Allaire and assistants Tim Army and Dave Farrish won’t be behind the club’s bench next season.

All three were already with the team when Jared Bednar was named head coach late in the 2016 off-season following Patrick Roy’s surprise resignation.

Hired in 2011, Army had been in Colorado the longest. The assistant has also spent time with the Washington Capitals, Anaheim Ducks, and Providence College.

Allaire has long been considered one of the league’s top goalie gurus with about three decades’ worth of experience working with netminders. He has close ties with Roy, having been hired around the same time as the longtime NHL goalie and former Avalanche coach.

Farrish joined Colorado in 2015. He has over 25 years of coaching experience, including stints with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Anaheim Ducks.

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