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NHL Rumors: Who Will Be the Next Colorado Avalanche Head Coach?

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Since firing Joe Sacco this past Sunday, the Colorado Avalanche have been without a head coach.  Although the Avalanche have been tight-lipped about candidates, there has been a lot of speculation especially around Hall-of-Famer Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic.

Roy won a Stanley Cup with Colorado back in 2001 and was previously approached by the franchise in 2009 regarding a coaching position but turned it down due to his son playing hockey for the Quebec Remparts at the time, a team he coaches and is part owner. His son currently is playing in the AHL for the Rochester Americans.  It would seem a better time for Roy to be involved with the coaching staff of the Avalanche but word is that the franchise has yet to be in contact with him.

Also a possible candidate is Sakic who is already part of the Colorado organization as an executive adviser but is said will be asked to take on a bigger role regardless of what that may be.  Remember, too, that there is also an assistant coach vacancy as well.

The Avs can also look internally to their AHL coaching staff for other possibilities, which is how they hired Sacco.

Despite who they may hire to their coaching staff, any of the above-mentioned individuals would be a welcomed additions to an ailing team.

Stephanie Lewark is an NHL and Pittsburgh Penguins Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter (@steelcitysports), check out her Facebook page, or add her to your Google+ circle.