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by Paul on 06/04/09 at 10:12 AM ET
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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