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1Granato, others fired as Avs clean house Empty Granato, others fired as Avs clean house on Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:35 am

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From the Denver Post today:

AVS FIRE GRANATO, FIVE OTHERS

Adrian Dater, The Denver Post, June 3, 2009

This morning the Avalanche have fired coach Tony Granato along with the rest of his coaching staff and longtime front-office executive Michel Goulet, an Avalanche source told The Denver Post.

Assistant coaches Jacques Cloutier, Dave Barr, Jeff Hackett and P.J. DeLuca have also been dismissed. Goulet, with the team since its inception into Denver in 1995 and a Hockey Hall of Famer, has also been released from his duties.

Greg Sherman will be the new Avalanche general manager, with Craig Billington as the assistant GM. Brad Smith, director of player personnel, will play a more active role in personnel decisions. Eric Lacroix will become the director of hockey operations. Rick Pracey will remain the team's head scout. David Oliver will be named director of player development.

Sherman, 39, has spent the last seven years as the team's Assistant General Manager, and has been associated with the franchise for the last 13 years.

"Greg Sherman deserves the opportunity to prove he can be an effective general manager in our business," said Lacroix. "He has shown that he possesses the necessary qualities required to be successful with this new challenge in front of him."

"Surrounded by a strong hockey staff and under my supervision, he will have all the necessary support to lead the Avalanche in this new direction," added Lacroix.

In his previous role, Sherman worked on contract negotiations, arbitration cases, salary cap management and matters. In addition, Sherman also served as a liaison between the Avalanche and its American Hockey League affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. Born in Scranton, Pa., Sherman was raised in Denver and has spent most of his life in Colorado.

"I look forward to the challenge," said Sherman. "We all know the task ahead and we need to get to work. There are a lot of things to be done here. I am surrounded by a group that has great knowledge of the business and we are looking towards the future with a lot of optimism.

"Our fans can rest assured that every effort will be taken to bring an exciting brand of hockey back to Pepsi Center."

A new coach will be named soon. More to come on denverpost.com.

Adrian Dater: 303-954-1360 or adater@denverpost.com

2Granato, others fired as Avs clean house Empty Re: Granato, others fired as Avs clean house on Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:39 am

SeawaySensFan

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Maybe Lacroix actually wants to kickstart a turnaround in Denver. Looks good on the surface.

3Granato, others fired as Avs clean house Empty Re: Granato, others fired as Avs clean house on Wed Jun 03, 2009 11:54 am

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Well they have some pieces in place....great youth, great centerman, great veteran leadership. They just need to go...up.

4Granato, others fired as Avs clean house Empty Re: Granato, others fired as Avs clean house on Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:23 pm

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Stunning news. Sarcasm

Dumbest decision ever to bring back Granato. Why? Because he was so good the first time around? Facepalm

5Granato, others fired as Avs clean house Empty Re: Granato, others fired as Avs clean house on Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:27 pm

PTFlea

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Greg Sherman takes over? Huh, good for him, he paid his dues as assistant GM. Not sure if he's the right guy because I don't know that much about him, but it's interesting.

Who's gonna coach? Dave Lowrey? Terrien? Hartley (haha).

6Granato, others fired as Avs clean house Empty Colorado Avalanche Clean House on Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:51 pm

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By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche have cleaned house.
The NHL club fired head coach Tony Granato and five other members of the hockey operations staff today.

Others include assistant coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, goaltending coach Jeff Hackett, assistant to the general manager Michel Goulet and video co-ordinator P.J. DeLuca.
Last week Patrick Roy turned down an offer to become the team’s new head coach.

The team had already fired general manager Francois Giguere following a last-place finish in the Western Conference.
Colorado’s 32-45-5 record was its worst since moving from Quebec to Denver in 1995.

7Granato, others fired as Avs clean house Empty Re: Granato, others fired as Avs clean house on Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:55 pm

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The Sherminator!

8Granato, others fired as Avs clean house Empty Re: Granato, others fired as Avs clean house on Wed Jun 03, 2009 12:57 pm

PTFlea

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shabbs wrote:The Sherminator!

:^^^^:

9Granato, others fired as Avs clean house Empty Re: Granato, others fired as Avs clean house on Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:22 pm

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Not surprising given the Roy rumours.

10Granato, others fired as Avs clean house Empty Re: Granato, others fired as Avs clean house on Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:17 pm

davetherave

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This story is far from over...we may see Patrick Roy back in Denver. Or Bob Hartley.

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