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from USA Hockey,
Joe Sacco (Medford, Mass.), the head coach of the National Hockey League's Colorado Avalanche, has been named head coach of the 2013 U.S. Men's National Team that will participate in the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship May 3-19 in Helsinki, Finland, and Stockholm, Sweden, it was announced today by USA Hockey.
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
- Unable to get a contract after being bought out by the Senators in July, 2008, Chicago G Ray Emery could cash in on his success as a UFA, especially if he helps the Blackhawks have a long playoff run. Making $1.15 million, Emery, 30, has been brilliant and the Hawks haven't held any discussions with his camp on an extension. If they let Emery get to the market, he may not get a long-term deal, but he could get more than one year. Not bad for a guy who was forced to spend a year in hiatus in Russia, then had to make his way back to the NHL by playing in the minors.
- If the Flyers decide to fire coach Peter Laviolette, then minor-league coach Terry Murray will be a top candidate as a replacement. Feeling is Laviolette has lost the team completely and Flyers have no structure.
- There is expected to be a house-cleaning in Colorado when the season mercifully ends -- including president Pierre Lacroix, GM Greg Sherman and coach Joe Sacco all could be fired with Joe Sakic taking over. If that happens, former great Patrick Roy could return.
more including some buyout candidates...
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization will retire the number 52 in honor of former Avalanche defenseman Adam Foote. The Avalanche will raise Foote’s No. 52 to the rafters at Pepsi Center during the 2013-14 season, game and date to be announced this summer.
Foote’s No. 52 will be the fifth sweater number retired in the 18-year history of the Colorado Avalanche, joining Joe Sakic (19), Peter Forsberg (21), Patrick Roy (33) and Ray Bourque (77).
“Some guys are more worried about their Vegas trip at the end of the season than playing the games, than playing every minute of the games. Quite frankly, I don’t care about your Vegas trip right now.”
- Jean-Sebastien Giguere, goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche after losing to Calgary 3-1 tonight. Much more from Giguere by Adrian Dater of All Things Avs.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Everybody needs to remain patient. Because, it doesn’t sound like there is any alternative. I do believe there will be changes in roster personnel by next season. I expect a different looking defense. I mean, it has to be different. Someone – be it Seth Jones or a free agent or two or maybe all of that – is going to have to come into this town and show what real defense looks like again.
Part of me feels like, if nothing is done to change the management structure, it will be the biggest cop-out in sports history, a complete denial of reality. The other part of me thinks: meh, things change so fast in this league. Who’s to say the Avs might not be a real surprise team next year with Sacco and Sherman still around?
I don’t really know what to think right now about this team’s future. I alternate between feeling they are a completely hopeless lost cause, to thinking it could all be just fine come this October. I suspect a lot of you feel the same way.
While all of the attention has been on the Flames’ potential fire sale leading up to the April 3 deadline, there has been little discussion about what GM Greg Sherman needs to do to get his forgotten squad back on track. Given the colossal mess that was the Ryan O’Reilly offer sheet, one wonders what kind of plan exists for changing the culture in Denver and whether ownership has even noticed what’s going on under their collective noses.
-Scott Burnside of ESPN where you can read a bit more on the Avs.
“It’s a joke. It’s embarrassing, we put ourselves being the 8-ball every night, every single night. Enough is enough. I don’t know what’s going on. It’s a joke . . . They get in at 3 in the morning (today) after a loss and they want it more than us. It just can’t be that way. We played well the next 40 but we lost by a goal because we allowed two early ones.”
-Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche after losing to the Flames last night. More from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Right now, I sense the exact same hopeless feeling around the Avs that characterized the second half of the 2008-09 and 2010-11 seasons. Tony Granato coached that first team, Joe Sacco the second.
The criticism of Sacco is just withering right now from most of you, or at least it seems that way. I see the #firesacco hashtags and my inbox is just inundated with “When are they going to fire Sacco?” subject-line emails. GM Greg Sherman is getting just as much heat, or close anyway.
What can I say? It’s an absolute mess again, and people want somebody’s head on a platter. Will they get it? Right now, it’s just unclear what will happen.
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Should the Avalanche tank it to get the best shot at the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft?
Publicly, I will say no. Privately? Yes, a thousand times yes.
Don't misunderstand. I am not promoting the throwing of games, of athletes intentionally making bad plays or coaches intentionally benching their best players in key moments of games. That is wrong.
But if I am a general manager of a team whose best hope for better days would come from blue-chip draft picks? Sure, I'd sell off some of my better assets at the trade deadline, write off the rest of this season and "engineer" my team the best way possible to get the first pick. Does that make me unethical? Oh, well. It's sports.
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