NHL News: Avalanche extend coach Jared Bednar; and Ducks’ Max Comtois out after hand surgery

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May 12, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Colorado Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar (top) looks on during the first period against the Los Angeles Kings at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

As Jared Bednar gets ready to set the Colorado Avalanche record for coaching victories, the organization decided to start the party a bit early.

Bednar signed a two-year contract extension Friday that will keep him with Colorado through the 2023-24 season. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Bednar earns new deal

Bednar is the fifth-longest tenured head coach in the NHL. He is currently in his sixth season with the Avalanche and needs two wins to match Bob Hartley’s Colorado record of 193 victories. The franchise record, going back to the team’s years as the Quebec Nordiques, belongs to Michel Bergeron (265).

“I am grateful and excited to have the opportunity to continue to lead this team and build upon what we have accomplished so far,” said Bednar, whose career record with the Avalanche stood at 191-154-40 heading into the team’s Friday night game against the Seattle Kraken. “We know we still have yet to achieve our ultimate goal, but we are confident in the group we have and will continue to work hard to get there.”

The Avalanche have made the playoffs in four straight seasons and earned the Presidents’ Trophy last season as the league’s top point-getter. It has been quite a turnaround for Colorado, which finished with the league’s worst record in 2016-17 during Bednar’s first season at the helm.

“Jared has established himself as one of the top coaches in the NHL,” Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said in a statement. “He is a great leader who has the complete trust of our players and staff. Under his guidance, our team has continued to make great strides and improve every year. We know he is the right person to help us take that next step and compete for a Stanley Cup.”

Ducks lose Max Comtois for 6 weeks

Comtois, 22, had surgery to remove a small bone in his hand on Thursday. The team announced he will be out six weeks to recover.

The 2nd round pick from the 2017 Draft only has one assist in 13 games this season. For his young NHL career he’s registered 52 points in 107 contests.

–Field Level Media