When Jared Bednar was hired as the Colorado Avalanche’s head coach last August, it was decided that three assistant coaches from the former regime of Patrick Roy would stay on. On Tuesday, those three – Tim Army, Dave Farrish and Francois Allaire – were relieved of their duties. No replacements have yet to be named, although Jean-ian Filiatrault, the current goalie coach of the Avs’ San Antonio Rampage AHL affiliate, could be a candidate, and Minneapolis Star Tribune hockey writer Michael Russo tweeted that former NHL goalie Dwayne Roloson has interviewed for the job already.

Allaire, 57, spent four seasons with the Avs while Army, 54, spent six seasons under three coaches. Allaire had let it be known during this past season that he would step down when it was over, so his departure is not a surprise. But for Army and Farrish, the departures amount to a firing.

Army, the former Providence College head coach, was mainly in charge of the offensive side of things, including the power play, while Farrish was mostly in charge of the defense and penalty killing. The Avs finished dead last in the NHL on the power play (12.6 percent) and 29th in penalty killing (76.6).

Allaire, who made his name when he coached Roy as a goalie with Montreal and later found success in Anaheim, helped Semyon Varlamov achieve Vezina Trophy finalist status his first season on the job (2013-14). But the team’s goaltending faltered the next two years.

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It remains unclear whether the Avalanche will hire a “full-time” goalie coach moving forward. While Allaire was considered full-time and accompanied the team to most road trips, previous goalie coaches such as Kirk McLean were part-time.

Avs assistant coach Nolan Pratt, whom Bednar worked with in Columbus organization, will stay on.

Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater is a staff writer with BSNDenver. He started his journalism career way, way back in 1988 as a proofreader with the Concord Monitor as a kid out of college (Keene State College), and has wended its way since with a 25-year stop at The Denver Post, 20 of which were spent as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche, from its inception in 1995. Adrian has also worked as a primary hockey writer with Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, The Hockey News, Versus.com and Bleacher Report. He is the author of seven sports books, including the best-selling “Blood Feud: Colorado Avalanche v. Detroit Red Wings, The Inside Story of Pro Sports’ Nastiest and Best Rivalry of Its Era” and “100 Things Avalanche Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die”, which was published in October, 2016.

  • Special Ed

    The timing is curious. Could the Avs be targeting coaches from Anaheim? If not… I’m wondering why this took so long.

    Let’s face it… the PP and PK have gotten worse every year the last 4 years or so. so, i was surprised it took this long.

  • AnUnmitigatedDisaster

    Considering how bad the team got, you have to wonder if the assistants didn’t pack it in as well this year. Does some of this year (like 10%, it’s mostly the players) come from the assistants like running Roy’s scheme and not buying in fully on Bednar’s?

  • Pixelrebirth

    Best news of the month world wide! FINALLY. Thank Jebbus!

  • bob_w

    This was to be expected. Normally a new coach names his assistants but Bednar was hired too late last August for the process of getting permission from teams and interviewing to take place. Most teams would have been reluctant to grant permission of assistants or minor league coaches to be interviewed at that late date. So now the normal process can happen.