Coach Jared Bednar indicators 2-year extension with Colorado Avalanche

DENVER — The Colorado Avalanche signed coach Jared Bednar to a two-year extension that runs by means of the 2023-24 season, the staff stated Friday evening.

Bednar is coming off a 2020-21 season through which he guided the Avalanche to the Presidents' Trophy for the league's prime mark and their fourth straight postseason look. His staff is off to a strong begin this season regardless of key accidents to gamers like Nathan MacKinnon.

The 49-year-old Bednar has a 191-154-40 profession mark in six seasons answerable for Colorado. He is two wins away from matching Bob Hartley for many by a coach in Avalanche historical past. Michel Bergeron had 265 victories when the franchise was based mostly in Quebec.

“He is a superb chief who has the entire belief of our gamers and employees,” Avalanche normal supervisor Joe Sakic stated in a press release. “Below his steering, our staff has continued to make nice strides and enhance yearly. We all know he's the fitting individual to assist us take that subsequent step and compete for a Stanley Cup.”

Bednar boasts a 24-19 mark within the postseason. His playoff successful proportion (.558) is second-best amongst energetic head coaches, trailing solely Jon Cooper of Tampa Bay (.603). Colorado has made it to the second spherical of the playoffs — and misplaced — within the final three seasons.

Final season, Colorado posted its highest factors proportion in staff historical past (.732), a mark that topped the 2000-01 Stanley Cup championship staff (.720).

“I'm grateful and excited to have the chance to proceed to steer this staff and construct upon what we've completed up to now,” stated Bednar, who was employed Aug. 25, 2016. “We all know we nonetheless have but to attain our final objective however we're assured within the group we've and can proceed to work laborious to get there.”

Earlier than arriving in Colorado, Bednar led Columbus's AHL affiliate to the 2016 Calder Cup title.

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