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Colorado Avalanche fire GM Francois Giguere after missing NHL playoffs @NHLdotcom

DENVER - The Colorado Avalanche have fired GM Francois Giguere after missing the playoffs for the second time in three years.

The move comes after the team finished last in the Western Conference for the first time since moving to Denver in 1995.

The Avs had a record of 32-45-5.

President Pierre Lacroix said the season was "unacceptable" and that a new direction was needed.

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