DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 11: Head Coach Jared Bednar of the Colorado Avalanche (C) looks on from the bench during the third period against the Winnipeg Jets at Pepsi Center on November 11, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Hiring Jared Bednar back in August was an interesting move by the Colorado Avalanche. While the Avs certainly needed a change from the disastrous Patrick Roy tenure, hiring Bednar, a career minor league coach, was met with mixed reviews.

So far, the 44-year-old’s first season in Denver has been ugly.  It has been nothing short of a a full-scale disaster in Colorado. Under Bednar’s guidance, the Avalanche have won just 17 of 62 games. While nobody expected the Avs to compete for a Stanley Cup this season, they are currently sitting at an abysmal 37 total points in the standings.

Bednar could possibly be a great NHL coach one day. He earned his place in the NHL with a Calder Cup-winning season with the AHL Lake Erie Monsters. To blame him for all the Avs struggles would be somewhat unfair, especially given the tough situation the Avs and him were presented when Roy aprubtly quit two months before the season began.  But, despite all the optimism he’d take a shoddy team and turn them around, Bednar has seemingly made them worse.

Plenty of people were high on the hiring.

In a Puck Daddy piece titled “Save By Sakic: Jared Bednar and return of Colorado Avalanche,” Greg Wyshynski wrote:

“The easy analysis is to say that this is addition by subtraction.”

“Bednar gets it when it comes to how you have to play in today’s NHL. It’s not enough to demand speed and aggression – Roy did, quite frankly.”

While the Avalanche have minimally increased their shot attempts this season, the Avs are still poor at generating shots.

Colorado’s general manager Joe Sakic, of course, was high on Bednar…

“We’re very confident and comfortable with Jared leading our group,” Sakic told “I like the way his teams play. I think it suits and fits with how we play. We have a fast forward group and that up-tempo, pressure game all over the ice is, first of all exciting, and it will suit our team.”

Some liked the personality difference between Bednar and Roy…

Unfortunately, as some hoped, Bednar didn’t show the Colorado players their true potential thus far…

Colorado is a young team, clearly not ready to compete with the big boys of the Western Conference. This was not unexpected. However, it is somewhat surprising how bad the Avalanche have been under Bednar. Now, the skeptics as to whether he could revitalize the once proud franchise are in full force. One must wonder if he even makes it beyond this season.

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