Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 06/28/09 at 11:24 AM ET
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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