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Time To Retire Joe

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

It’s time to say goodbye, Joe Sakic.

This town isn’t big enough for you and Matt Duchene, an 18-year-old wunderkind the Avalanche desperately needs to be the fresh, new face of an NHL franchise whose golden reputation has turned old and gray.

When a boy who grew up idolizing a framed Sakic jersey is old enough to be counted on to save the local pro hockey team, that can be regarded as a sign it’s time for Captain Joe to go….

New Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said he has met with Sakic and has been informed by the greatest player in team history that the decision on his future has been made, but an announcement must wait until later in the summer.

OK, we can all live with those conditions. No hurry. Sakic should be allowed to say goodbye on his own terms.

After 20 NHL seasons of service to a single hockey franchise, the Avalanche cannot really afford to have Sakic hang around any longer.

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Sakic Knows What His Plans Are

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic has made up his mind what he’ll do next season. But whether the Avalanche captain has decided to retire or play a 21st NHL season remains a mystery.

Avs general manager Greg Sherman said Friday night he met with Sakic recently in Denver and received word from him what his plans are. But Sherman would not say what they are, and said it could be a week or more before a public announcement is made.

The team said Sakic, who turns 40 on July 7, is going on a family vacation, and nothing will be announced until at least after he returns.

“He made his intentions clear, and in the coming weeks it will be addressed,” Sherman said.

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Konowalchuk, Deadmarsh Added To Avs Coaching Staff

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the appointment of Steve Konowalchuk as assistant coach. In addition, the club announced that Adam Deadmarsh will serve as the team’s video/development coach.

The former Avalanche players join a coaching staff that includes head coach Joe Sacco and assistant coach Sylvain Lefebvre.

“We’re very excited to add Steve and Adam to our staff,” said Avalanche General Manager Greg Sherman. “Both have a level of familiarity with the Avalanche organization, and we’re confident they will provide our club with the same passion and commitment they showed as players.”

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Deadmarsh Interviews For Avalanche Front Office Position

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Adam Deadmarsh could soon be coming back to the Avalanche.

His playing days are over, but Deadmarsh has interviewed for a management position with the Avs organization, the team confirmed Wednesday.

Avs vice president Jean Martineau said that while Deadmarsh is not up for the team’s vacant second assistant coaching position, he has interviewed for another management job and is being strongly considered.

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What Is Colorado Thinking?

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Like a lot of things this summer involving the Avalanche, it doesn’t make much sense. Ian Laperriere, heart-and-soul forward, fan favorite and locker-room leader, will no longer be on the team after July 1.

That in itself is not the part that is mystifying. It’s not unreasonable a team would want to jettison a 35-year-old player, with 40 goals in the 307 games he played with the Avs. The Avs want to get younger, and maybe a little cheaper. We get that.

But why in the world are the Avs letting Lappy go for nothing — contract talks have essentially ended between him and the team — when the Avs probably could have gotten a pretty nice draft pick from another NHL team at the trade deadline? Why did a team that was out of the playoff picture not deal one of its more marketable assets, especially when the team knew Laperriere could become an unrestricted free agent and wanted a raise?

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Avs Need A New President

from David Ramsey of the Colorado Springs Gazette,

Here’s what the Colorado Avalanche needs:

A new president.

Pierre Lacroix once reigned as an NHL master, but he’s lost his touch and the Avs have lost their way. They were awful this season, and there’s little hope for recovery in the near future.

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Joe Sacco New Coach Of The Avalanche

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche has hired Joe Sacco to be its new coach and will announce the move at a news conference scheduled for 2 p.m. today at the Pepsi Center.

Sacco has coached the past two seasons with the Avalanche’s AHL franchise, the Lake Erie Monsters.

Previously, Sacco, 40 was an assistant coach for the Lowell Lock Monsters. He is the youngest head coach in the AHL.

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added 2:39pm,...

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the appointment of Joe Sacco as the club’s new head coach. Former Avalanche player Sylvain Lefebvre was named assistant coach.

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Pierre Lacroix In Charge

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,

Through all the manoeuvres, Pierre Lacroix continues to steer the vessel for owner Stan Kroenke, even though the former GM is as culpable as anybody for the slipping franchise, which picks third in the June draft.

But, with his two Stanley Cup rings, Lacroix is bulletproof.

Lacroix’s telling quote Wednesday that Sherman will be “under his supervision” as the new general manager sounds like Sherman will be a puppet for the powerful Lacroix, who chose not to hire Jay Feaster, the 2004 Stanley Cup-winning GM in Tampa Bay who used to run the Avalanche farm team.

If Sherman, who looked after contracts and the salary cap, is under Lacroix’s “supervision,” does that also mean Lacroix will be hiring the new coach? Does that mean that 39-year-old Sherman, who was in charge of the Avs’ merchandise stores in 2001 when they last won the Cup, is only keeping the seat warm for somebody else?

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More Work To Do For The Avalanche

from Woody Paige of the Denver Post,

The Purge of June 3rd is not as critical for the Avalanche as the demanding events in the rest of the month.

The Avs must sign the right coach, from the American Hockey League; sign the right goal protector, from the Swedish Elite League; and secure the right player, from the three potential stars available in the NHL draft.

The once-proud, twice-champion Avalanche was in crumple, collapse, out-of-crease mode from September to May.

The hockey club cannot swoon in June.

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Moves In Colorado

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Colorado Avalanche completed a major organizational shuffle on Wednesday. The team parted ways with six parted members of the franchise’s hockey operations staff including head coach Tony Granato. 

TSN’s Bob McKenzie reports the team has made Greg Sherman the new General Manager. Sherman has been assistant general manager of the Avs for the last seven years; he has been in the organization for the last 13 years.

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DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization has relieved six members of its hockey operations staff from their respective duties.

The list includes head coach Tony Granato, assistant coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, goaltending coach Jeff Hackett, Assistant to the General Manager Michel Goulet and video coordinator PJ DeLuca.

The Avalanche will make an announcement regarding its new management structure later today.

added 11:17am, DENVER – Colorado Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix announced today a new management structure for the organization, effective immediately

 

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