Avs Ink Mironov
After weeks (if not months) of news circulating that he would be signing with the Avs, on May 11 it was officially announced that the Colorado Avalanche have signed Andrei Mironov to a two year entry level contract.
Mironov, 22, was the Avalanche‘s 4th round pick in 2015. It was speculated weeks ago that Mironov was on the verge of signing with the Avs. The hold up? Mironov was still under contract with the KHL’s Moscow Dynamo (and with another year left on his deal) and needed to be released from his contract before signing with Colorado.
The 6’2, 195 lb wrecking machine spent the last 5 seasons with KHL’s Moscow Dynamo where he was a one time KHL all-star. In his tenure in the KHL, Mironov totaled 12 goals and 40 points.
Changes To The Coaching Staff
On May 23, the Colorado Avalanche announced that assistant coaches Tim Army, Dave Farrish and goaltending coach Francois Allaire would not be back next season.
Tim Army has spent the last 6 seasons behind the bench for the Avs where served under 3 different regimes: Joe Sacco, Patrick Roy, and current head coach Jared Bednar. Tim Army main responsibility was the powerplay where the Avs finished last place this season.
Dave Farrish a veteran coach for many many years was in his second season with the Avs and was hired by Patrick Roy. Farrish was effectively replaced by Nolan Pratt (who remains as an assistant coach) this past season and was seen in the press box rather than on the bench.
Francois Allaire was in his fourth season as the Avs‘ goalie coach and was hired by his former pupil Patrick Roy for the 2013-14 season. With Roy now long gone it was expected that he would not return for next season as his contract was expiring. Allaire, a well respected goalie coach, was famously Patrick Roy’s goalie coach in Montreal. He also spent time in Anaheim and Toronto.
Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic stated that he would not comment on the departures until new replacements were hired.
Minnesota Wild beat writer Mike Russo wrote that former Wild and Edmonton Oilers goaltender Dwayne Roloson has interviewed for the position of Avalanche goaltending coach.