The Avalanche could be interested in talking to Capitals assistant coach Lane Lambert about their vacant head coaching position, the Denver Post reported on Thursday.
According to the report, Lambert is one of several potential targets as the Avs scramble to replace Patrick Roy, whose resignation last week caught the organization off guard. Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) coach Jared Bednar, Rangers associate head coach Scott Arniel and Utica Comets (AHL) coach Travis Green could also be in the mix, the newspaper reported.
In order to speak to Lambert, the Avalanche would need permission from the Capitals. It’s not clear if that request has been made, and a Capitals spokesman declined to comment on the matter.
The Denver Post’s report is actually the second time this week that Lambert’s name has been mentioned in connection with the opening in Colorado. On Tuesday, Sportsnet’s John Shannon reported that Lambert and Sharks assistant Bob Boughner could receive consideration.
Hearing Lane Lambert and Bob Boughner will get some consideration for vacant Avs' coaching job.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) August 17, 2016
Lambert, 51, has been an NHL assistant coach for five seasons, including the past two in Washington. He’s been a head coach in juniors and the AHL, where he served as the Milwaukee Admirals’ bench boss from 2006-2011. Milwaukee won 41 or more games and advanced to the postseason in each of Lambert's four seasons as head ccoach.
Lambert’s coaching career followed a lengthy career as a minor league and NHL center, which included 283 games with the Red Wings, Rangers and Nordiques.
Training camps around the NHL are scheduled to open in just over a month.
Earlier this summer, another Capitals assistant, Todd Reirden, was a finalist for the head coaching position in Calgary. The Flames ultimately chose Glen Gulutzan.