Quenneville Out as Avs Coach

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The Colorado Avalanche say Joel Quenneville is out as coach after three seasons, and a week after being swept out of the playoffs by the Detroit Red Wings.

Quenneville was 131-92-23 in Denver, but just 2-2 in playoff series after inheriting a team that was on the slide following a decade of dominance in the NHL.

Avalanche executive vice president and general manager Francois Giguere said today that after meeting with Quenneville, both sides agreed that the best decision for both parties was to go separate ways.

Quenneville was an assistant with the Avalanche during their Stanley Cup run in 1996, before being hired away by St. Louis. He spent eight seasons with the Blues, becoming the team's winningest coach with a record of 307-191-77-and-18. Quenneville became the fourth coach in Avalanche history on July 7th, 2004.