The Avalanche remains without a coach. Since firing Joe Sacco on Sunday, the team has given no clues about who will be their next coach, or even how it is conducting the search.
Former Avs great Patrick Roy — who turned down an offer from team president Pierre Lacroix in 2009 to become the team's coach and general manager — is a natural subject of curiosity in terms of whether he could re-emerge as a candidate to become the new coach.
If Roy is a serious candidate, however, it might be news to him.
"I just talked to him and he said that, as of now, nobody has contacted him," Nicole Bouchard on said Tuesday. Bouchard is director of team services and media relations with the Quebec Remparts, the junior team coached and partly owned by the former Avs goalie great.
Roy, 47, turned down the Avs jobs in 2009 in part because his youngest son, Frederick, was still playing for the Remparts. Frederick is now playing in the American Hockey League. At a news conference after the finish of the Remparts' season last month, Roy dismissed suggestions he would pursue a job in the NHL.
If the Avs don't go the high-profile route, such as hiring Roy, their history would indicate they'll promote from within. Dean Chynoweth, the coach of the Avs' AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, did not return a call Tuesday. He could be considered a natural candidate, based on the Avs' history. They have hired two previous coaches — Sacco and Bob Hartley — from their AHL affiliates, and the Quebec Nordiques also hired Marc Crawford in 1994 straight out of the AHL.
In addition to looking for a new head coach, the Avs also have a vacant assistant coaching job. Long-time Avs standout Adam Foote, coaching youth hockey in the area, is a likely candidate if he chooses to return to the NHL.
As the head coaching search drags on, there are still more questions than answers, and no member of the Avs' management team is talking.
Executive adviser Joe Sakic is expected to be asked to take on a bigger role with the team, but he has steadfastly refused comment.
Other questions remain unanswered. Among them, will Greg Sherman keep his job as general manager?
Another question: Will Pierre Lacroix, who saw his son, Eric, resign from the organization Sunday shortly after Sacco was fired, follow him out the door? Eric Lacroix was the team's vice president of hockey operations. He did not return a message seeking comment.
What is known is that the Avs, for once, got a break when they landed the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NHL draft by winning the lottery Monday night. The consensus in the hockey world is that defenseman Seth Jones will be the No. 1 overall pick. The Avalanche will have representatives in Portland, Ore., this weekend to see the start of the Western Hockey League finals, with Jones playing for the Portland Winterhawks.