The Avalanche fired coach Bob Hartley yesterday, two seasons after he led Colorado to its second Stanley Cup title in six years.
Team spokesman Hayne Ellis said Hartley will be replaced by assistant coach Tony Granato.
Hartley led Colorado to the 2001 Stanley Cup and four straight trips to the Western Conference finals but couldn't get the Avalanche to break out of its early-season slump this season.
Colorado, 10-8-9-4, is fourth in the Northwest Division with 33 points -- 10 behind leader Minnesota. The Avalanche has struggled the most at home, winning three of 15 games.
Hartley, who was promoted from Hershey in 1998, is Colorado's all-time wins leader at 193-109-48 in 41/2 seasons with the Avalanche. He was 49-31 in the playoffs and got the Avalanche within one game of the Stanley Cup finals last year.
Hartley was the first coach since Chicago's Billy Reay in 1967 to take his team to the conference finals his first four years.
* ROENICK SUSPENDED: Flyers F Jeremy Roenick was suspended for two games by the NHL for his hit on Stars C Mike Modano.
Roenick checked Modano hard in the first period, knocking him out of Tuesday night's game. Modano had scored in the first minute.
-- From News Services