Joe Sakic had to rush his coaching search after the abrupt resignation of Patrick Roy. He doesnt believe the Colorado Avalanche rushed their hire.After interviewing candidates with varying degrees of NHL coaching experience, Sakic ultimately chose Jared Bednar as the teams new coach. Bednar spent the past 14 seasons as a minor league coach, most recently winning the American Hockey Leagues Calder Cup with the Lake Erie Monsters, and the previous nine as a minor league player,.We knew we were in a rush situation, but I wanted to do what I thought was the best thing for the franchise, Sakic said on a conference call Thursday. I look at the track record and I place a lot of value in winning championships. I know Jareds won in the (ECHL) and he just won a Calder Cup. Its tough to win in any league and to able to win youve got to be doing something right.While Roy, who resigned as coach and vice president of hockey operations on Aug. 11, is a Hall of Fame goaltender with a firebrand personality, the 44-year-old Bednar is a demanding coach whom Sakic said players respect and play for. He paid his dues as a journeyman minor league defenseman in his playing days and did the same in coaching before Roys departure made for a surprise NHL opening.Bednar coached five different minor league teams, including the South Carolina Stingrays that he led to the ECHLs Kelly Cup in 2009. He doesnt see his lack of NHL head coaching experience as a weakness, nor his process of getting there.It hasnt been an overnight thing. Its taken some time and I think that all my stops along the way have helped prepare me for this, said Bednar, who signed a three-year contract. Ive never been trying to get on a fast track to get to the NHL. I feel like the goal is to do a good job where you are and be consistent and hone your craft and thats what Ive been working on over the years.Bednar got the nod from Sakic over Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert, Chicago Blackhawks assistant and former Florida Panthers head coach Kevin Dineen and others. Sakics playing experience winning two Stanley Cups under Marc Crawford and Bob Hartley helped him decide that NHL head coaching experience wasnt a must.Based on the Avalanches talent up front with centers Matt Duchene and Nathan MacKinnon and captain Gabriel Landeskog, Sakic wanted someone who could coach in the fast, modern NHL and work with young players. Bednar showed that in the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, impressing John Tortorella early in his tenure with the big club.Tortorella told me I dont know who (Bednar) is, but every time he sends me a guy, hes ready to play, Blue Jackets assistant GM Bill Zito said in a phone interview. I remembered it when he said it and I never forgot it.Sakic and Bednar thanked the Blue Jackets for being open to the hiring process in August, long after most vacancies are filled. Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen said hes happy for Bednar and while the timing may not be ideal the team is always supportive of people in the organization moving forward in their careers.You can be nothing but thrilled for the guy to see him get such a great opportunity, Zito said. To be able to put it all together and then make the next step, people exaggerate a little too much these days, but in this instance it truly is deserved.---Follow Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno . Cheap Authentic Jerseys . Goals from Jerome Boateng, Franck Ribery and Thomas Mueller extended Bayerns unbeaten run to a record 37 matches. "This record is incredible," Bayern coach Pep Guardiola said. 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Sydney coach John Longmire has leapt to the defence of Lance Franklins goalless AFL display against Hawthorn.The superstar forward contributed 19 disposals and six marks in last Thursdays five-point loss to the Hawks, but couldnt manage a major against his former side.It was the first time in more than a year - since round eight last season - that Franklin hasnt scored in an AFL match.The triple Coleman medallist is currently second in this seasons running on 53 goals, two behind West Coasts leader Josh Kennedy.If he kicks too many goals theres too much of a reliance on him, if he doesnt kick a goal its not enough, Longmire said.We need to get the balance right.I think he played alright.If youre talking about just goals, he didnt kick a goal, but he contributed to quite a few and was up the ground a bit.Its one thing to look at the goals contributed, but its another to look at the goals he was actually able to assist.The Swans head into Saturdays clash with Carlton in fifth place and on equaal points with three other teams.dddddddddddd.Theyll be without defender Zak Jones, who will be sidelined for at least a month with an ankle injury sustained against the Hawks.A decision will be made on his replacement later in the week.Whether its a couple of players who have been playing that role really well in the reserves, or just a change of roles in our senior team, Longmire said.The coach said Isaac Heeney may even be considered as an option at the back.Regardless of position, 20-year-old Heeney is set to return following his two-goal, 29-disposal effort in the reserves on the weekend after he was rested against Geelong a fortnight ago.Hes very versatile and played really well on the weekend in our reserves, Longmire said.He was really lively through the midfield.He played forward, but we also know hes capable of playing back because hes so good overhead. 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