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Dater’s Daily: Former Avs everywhere as coaches, Duncan Keith trade chatter



Andre Tourigny
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First, it was Alex Tanguay landing an assistant coaching gig with the Detroit Red Wings. Then, it was Sylvain Lefebvre as an assistant in Columbus, where he’ll serve under former Av Brad Larsen. Now, it’s Andre Tourigny, a former Avs assistant under Patrick Roy, who has landed a head coaching gig with the Arizona Coyotes. This is in an off-season that has also seen Chris Drury emerge as the GM of the New York Rangers.

Not a bad legacy for the Avs here.

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More notes, links, observations:

  • Tourigny, nicknamed “Bear”, hopes to give the Coyotes a “fresh start” (ESPN)
  • Canadian authorities rejected the Montreal Canadiens request to increase attendance for Game 3 to 10,500 fans. 
  • But fans were all congregating together outside the building in the last round. Definitely not socially distant. I don’t get it.
  • Jonathan Toews will return next season. He missed last season with an unspecified illness, but he skated on Wednesday and revealed he suffered from Chronic Immune Response Syndrome. 
  • It sounds serious in St. Louis. Vladimir Tarasenko has reportedly informed the St. Louis Blues that he would entertain a trade to several teams.
  • An NHL trade is coming–It will be to western Canada or the Pacific northwest. The Chicago Blackhawks are working on a potential trade for stalwart defenseman Duncan Keith. 
  • Vegas: Marc-Andre Fleury is the subject of some lustful NHL trade chatter, but… Will winning the Vezina keep Fleury in Vegas?
  • Philly: It seems the Philadelphia Flyers were also keeping an eye on Adam Larsson in Edmonton. It looks like a lot of GMs are waiting for that resolution or to make an offer. 
  • Should the Washington Capitals give Henrik Lundqvist another shot??
  • I’m hearing that talks are happening now between the Avs and Philipp Grubauer. I’m optimistic a deal will happen. Grubi, by the way, is still in town. He was at the Rockies game yesterday.
  • It sounds like the Boston Bruins will be losing a key member of their coaching staff as Jay Pandolfo is reportedly going to accept an associate head coaching job with Boston University. (Boston Hockey Now)
  • Good piece about the very strong connections between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning organizations as they do battle in the Stanley Cup Final. (Montreal Gazette)
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Adrian Dater - Kiss and Larry Bird fan. Writer with @Gambling and @Bookies, Avs Insider with 104.3 The Fan. Denver Post, SI, Bleacher Report alum, author of seven books.

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Matt Briggle

Good to hear talks have started with Grubi, hope that can be resolved one way or another before expansion. If there is no chance of signing him then they might as well protect Frankie instead of him.

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