Washington Capitals assistant linked with Colorado Avalanche head coach job

Washington Capitals assistant coach Lane Lambert is reportedly receiving attention from the Colorado Avalanche for their vacant head coach position.

The Avs are in the middle of a desperate search for a new head coach after Patrick Roy suddenly resigned a week ago, with the Capitals’ Lambert one of the few names connected to the vacancy.

Jared Bednar of the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, Travis Green of the AHL’s Utica Comets, New York Rangers associate head coach Scott Arniel and San Jose Sharks assistant coach Bob Boughner are also being linked with the job.

If the Avs want Lambert, however, they would need to receive permission from the Washington Capitals and it is not yet known if a request has been made.

Lambert, 51, has a professional hockey career that stretches back to 1983 when he was drafted 25th overall by the Detroit Red Wings.

He played 283 regular season games in the NHL before moving into coaching, where he has been a head coach at both junior and AHL level, most notably with the Milwaukee Admirals.

During his four year term with the Admirals, Lambert led the team to the playoffs each season winning at least 41 games in each regular season.

Training camps are due to open next month and the Avalanche organisation will be hoping to tie up their head coach position long before then.

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