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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.


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.


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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Family Will Keep Roy In Quebec

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Late Tuesday night, Roy phoned Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix to tell him that, because of family reasons, Roy will not accept the Avs’ offer to coach the team this coming season. Roy will continue with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but said the door is not shut on his returning to the Avs at some point in the future.


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All This Patrick Roy Talk

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

The Avalanche’s Patrick Roy saga is on the verge of becoming ridiculous. The Colorado front office’s cone of silence is characteristic and often has helped team president Pierre Lacroix get things done. Yet in this case, in light of all the maneuvering, speculation and leaks, it’s impractical.

I spoke with Roy on the phone briefly Monday, but he politely said he would prefer not to comment further on the record about reports he has a standing offer to be the new Avs coach and possibly general manager. Translation: The Avalanche almost certainly has asked him not to talk about his dealings with Colorado.

The problems now are about perceptions. Whether fair or not, the Roy drama is coming off as gamesmanship, including factors such as: a) Roy possibly playing off the Avs and the Montreal Canadiens, hoping to get an offer from his home-province franchise; b) the Avalanche trying to convince Roy that the franchise’s competitive situation isn’t hopeless; c) even the postponement of reaching and announcing a deal because of the desire to stay in the background until the Nuggets’ playoff run is over.


added 2:20pm, from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Put me into the cynic camp on this one.

The way the story is leaking out, it all seems to be coming from the Roy camp and the bits and pieces indicate that it includes everything he wants: complete control of the bench and who works it with him along with complete control of the personnel decisions.

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Report- Roy Offered GM & Coaching Job By Avalanche

from Sportsnet,

According to a Montreal report, Pierre Lacroix has upped the ante in his pursuit of Patrick Roy to rejoin the Avalanche. Ruefrontenac.com - a website run by locked-out journalists from Le Journal de Montreal - reported Sunday that Avs president Lacroix has offered Roy the jobs of coach and general manager, and that Roy wants to hire Sylvain Lefebvre and Guy Boucher as his assistant coaches.


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Don’t Do It Patrick

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Here’s free advice for Patrick Roy as he decides whether to take a job with the Avalanche:

Don’t do it.

Denver is a great NHL town. We love our hockey. But this is the wrong time. The Avs are a franchise going nowhere.

As much as fans would like to see Roy come swaggering back to Colorado, I’m afraid he knows the ugly reality.

This franchise ain’t nearly what it used to be.


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