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via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Time will tell if Patrick Roy’s brother jumped the gun a little — or a lot, like all the way over — on his proclamation to me on the phone and on his own Facebook page that Patrick will be the next coach of the Avalanche.
The Avs this morning are saying there is no deal in place. That’s about all they’re saying so far. So, we wait and see what happens. As my story last night said, the Avs would not confirm Stephane Roy’s assertion and that remains the case.
My belief: the Avs and Roy are in negotiations on a possible deal. But until a deal is done, it’s not. This still may not happen at all. We just have to wait. Roy wanted a lot of money in 2009 to be the coach – my reporting said he wanted a four-year deal at $3 million per, while the Avs offered four years at $1.75 million per.
I can’t imagine Roy asking for any less than that now. And for an NHL coach, that’s a LOT of money. So, it’s possible money – as it often does – could derail this thing. We shall see.
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Josh Kroenke has been named President and Joe Sakic has been named Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. Pierre Lacroix will remain with the organization as an advisor.
“Beginning today, I will be assuming the responsibilities as Avalanche team President,” said Kroenke. “Having had the privilege of learning under a mentor like Pierre Lacroix, and then spending the past few seasons as Governor, I feel ready to become much more involved on a daily basis.”
“I am thrilled to announce that Joe Sakic has agreed to become Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Avalanche,” continued Kroenke. “In that role, Joe will be in charge of all hockey-related decisions moving forward. With his credentials, presence and knowledge of the game, Joe will be a key ingredient in making sure that together we reach our future goals.”
from Mike Chambers of All Things Avs,
Phoenix Coyotes coach Dave Tippett, whose contract with the troubled team expires June 30, is currently in Europe, serving as an assistant coach for Canada at the World Championship, and probably wondering where he will coach in the NHL next season.
The Avalanche has got to be an option, particularly when Canadian centers Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly of the Avs serve as constant reminders that Colorado has a solid young team and is in need of a coach.
In my mind – and others who I have discussed it with – Tippett would be a home-run hire for the Avalanche.
The Colorado Avalanche moved up one spot in the NHL Draft Lottery and will have the #1 pick this year.
Here is the complete list with the percentage the team had of winning the lottery.
Colorado Avalanche - 18.8%
Florida Panthers - 25.0%
Tampa Bay Lightning - 14.2%
Nashville Predators - 10.7%
Carolina Hurricanes - 8.1%
Calgary Flames - 6.2%
Edmonton Oilers - 4.7%
Buffalo Sabres - 3.6%
New Jersey Devils - 2.7%
Dallas Stars - 2.1%
Philadelphia Flyers - 1.5%
Phoenix Coyotes - 1.1%
Winnipeg Jets - 0.8%
Columbus Blue Jackets - 0.5%
added 9:16pm, NHL press release on the NHL Draft Lottery is below...
DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that head coach Joe Sacco has been relieved of his duties.
“The organization believes a change of leadership behind the bench is needed going forward,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman. “Joe has worked for this franchise for eight seasons and he is a dedicated and hard working coach. We appreciate all he has done and wish him the best in the future.”
At this time, the Avalanche organization will have no further comment.
The Wild are up 2-1 against the Avalanche after two periods.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
Paul Stastny accumulated another $45,000 or so of wealth for his approximately two and a half hours on the job at the Pepsi Center tonight. David Jones grossed about $25,000.
A year’s worth of salary to many people reading this. In many cases, much more than that. All that money was paid by Stan Kroenke for the following results
Paul Stastny – 18 minutes, 25 seconds. Zero goals, zero assists, zero shots on goal. Even plus-minus, 73% on faceoffs.
David Jones – 15 minutes, 12 seconds. Zero goals, zero assists, one shot on goal. Minus-1. Zero % on faceoffs.
$70,000 paid out tonight by Stan Kroenke to those two guys. For one game. For that performance.
The Avs are a last-place team, with only a few games to go. Tickets can be had, in other words. A dollar may be a pitiful amount for the best hockey players in the world to split up with their rich owners. But it's better than nothing, which is what the Avs got from the thousands of still-empty seats at Monday's game, bargains notwithstanding.
Just think: you can get three hours of entertainment from some of the best athletes in the world for less than a grande latte at Starbucks. As long as the Avs don't ever wind up paying people to go to the games, taking in a dollar is still better than nothing.
- Adrian Dater of the Denver Post where you can read more about discounted ticket prices in Denver.
Columbus Blue Jackets won in OT last night, Mike Haynes with the call...
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.
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