Sharks assistant coach Bob Boughner isreportedly among thosebeingconsideredfor the Colorado Avalanche s vacant head coaching job.
Sportsnet s John Shannon tweeted Tuesday night that Boughner will get some consideration"for the Colorado opening, which was created after Patrick Roy parted ways with the organization earlier this month as its coach and vice president of hockey operations.
Boughner earned positive reviews in his first season as an assistant under Sharks coach Pete DeBoer. He coached San Jose's penalty kill, worked with the team's defensemen and was given a good deal of credit for Brent Burns record-setting season on the blue line.
The Sharks penalty kill finished tied for 20th in the NHL at 80.5 percent, a slight improvement over the 78.5 percent kill rate it had in 2014-15. Burns finished the regular season with 75 points, a franchise record for a defenseman, and was a finalist for the Norris Trophy.
Before coming to San Jose, Boughner spent eight seasons as the head coach of the OHL s Windsor Spitfires, which won the Memorial Cup in 2009 and 2010.
Prior to running the Spitfires, Boughner, 45, played 630 games in the NHL over 10 seasons. The last 52 games over two seasons came with Colorado, where he was teammates with Joe Sakic, the Avalanche s executive vice president and general manager.
Shannon wrote that Washington assistant Lane Lambert will also be considered. Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet mentioned that Jared Bednar could be another name to watch in the Avalanche s coaching search. Bednar led Lake Erie to the AHL s Calder Cup championship.
The Denver Post earlier this weeklisted a handful of other candidates, including Bob Hartley and Kevin Dineen andPittsburgh s Jacques Martin.
Prior to joining the Sharks, Boughner s other NHL experience as a coach came with the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-2011, when he worked as an assistant under Scott Arniel.
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