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    Former St. Louis Blues coach Joel Quenneville has been hired to replace Tony Granato as coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

    Granato, who had coached the Avalanche since 2002, will revert to his former position as assistant coach, team spokesman Hayne Ellis said early Wednesday.

    Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix scheduled a news conference for Wednesday afternoon to announce the changes.

    Quenneville previously was an Avalanche assistant under coach Marc Crawford and played a role in the franchise's first Stanley Cup championship, in 1995-96.

    Quenneville was the Blues' coach from January 1997 until this past February, when he was fired during a slump in which his team won just four of 16 games and struggled to make the playoffs.

    In five of his six full seasons behind St. Louis' bench, Quenneville led his team to at least 40 regular-season wins. His teams won 307 regular-season games but went 34-34 in the postseason.

    Granato, meanwhile, was hired to replace Bob Hartley in December 2002. The move surprised hockey fans because, at that time, Granato had only three months of coaching experience as an assistant and was two years removed from his playing days.

    A report in March that Quenneville would replace Granato was vehemently denied by Lacroix, who cited Granato's record.

    In January, when Granato reached his 100th game as head coach, he had the best winning percentage in franchise history with a 60-22-12-6 record.

    Colorado beat the Dallas Stars in the first round of the playoffs, but was eliminated after scoring just seven goals in six games against the San Jose Sharks. Granato's record as coach is 72-33-17-11.

    Last month, Lacroix said Granato, who has one year left on his contract, would return for his second full season.

    "If someone wants to put the blame on the coach, that is not the route we're going to take," Lacroix told the Denver Post in May.

    IMO Granato just did not have enough experience to be the head coach in Colorado...

    The "New Black Sabbath"

  • #2
    Yea Granato got out-classed as a coach in the 2 playoff losses, hopefully Quenneville will get the Avs back to the promised land, if there will even be an NHL in the future.


    • #3
      Rangers rule!

      "The Gagne T-shirt jersey comes with a complimentary can of gasoline and a set of matches."


      • #4
        oddly enough, I knew this was going to happen already.

        *goes back to shock*


        • #5
          Good move by Lacroix. Something had to be going on behind the scenes, though. I was sure they would go after Quenneville right away and they didn't even seem to talk to him, which just seemed odd. Then a month later, Tocchet quits, citing "family reasons", and all of the sudden Granato is demoted and Quenneville comes in. Just seems wierd to me.