Report: Avalanche to name new head coach this week

Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic comments on the departure of head coach Patrick Roy and what’s next for the coach.

The Colorado Avalanche will have a new head coach in place as early as Wednesday, according to a report from The Denver Post‘s Mike Chambers and Terry Frei.

Kevin Dineen and Bob Boughner are reportedly two finalists for the job. Both are currently serving as assistant coaches in the NHL—Dineen with the Chicago Blackhawks, and Boughner with the San Jose Sharks. Dineen was also the head coach of the Florida Panthers from 2011 to 2013.

Both names are familiar in Denver, as Dineen spent two years playing for the University of Denver prior to going pro, while Boughner donned the Avalanche sweater for two seasons alongside Joe Sakic, who is now general manager of the club.

According to Chambers and Frei, other names in the mix include Jared Bednar (AHL Lake Erie), Travis Green (AHL Utica) Lane Lambert (Washington Capitals) and Scott Arniel (New York Rangers).

Whoever lands behind the bench in Colorado will be replacing Patrick Roy, who stepped down from his role as head coach and vice president of hockey operations earlier this month.

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