Bednar, 49, is already the longest-serving coach in Avs history, and that tenure will run until the 2021-22 NHL season. In his five years behind the bench, he posted a regular season record of 184-149-39 and 24-19 in the playoffs.
The Avs posted a 39-13-4 record last season, the best of any team in the NHL. The team lost in the second round to the Vegas Golden Knights, the third straight season the team lost in the second round. It may have given rise to speculation that the Avs might be looking for another coach to help them overcome that second-round bump, but it can also be seen in a different way: Bednar is one of only three. NHL coaches to have led his team minus the second round for the past three seasons. Barry Trotz, with the Islanders, and Bruce Cassidy, with Boston, are the others.
Jared Bednar was hired by Avs general manager Joe Sakic and the two have a good working relationship. Sakic doesn’t make instinctive decisions, always preferring to see the big picture. NHL coaches have a notoriously short lifespan, but that trend seems to be changing somewhat. Only one of the 31 teams can win the Stanley Cup, so reckless layoffs after a bad year don’t happen as much.
Bednar won an AHL-level championship in the Columbus Blues Jackets system and has posted solid winning percentages since a tough first season at the helm in which the Avs scored just 48 points. . He is known as a tough but fair coach who seems to have full respect for his players. Winning a cup remains the ultimate goal for Bednar and the Avs, and there’s no doubt that the playoff loss to Vegas this season has been tough. But Bednar will remain part of the solution moving forward.