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Blame Joe Sakic?

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

“In the big picture, we’d love to make the playoffs,” Sakic said, when I pressed him on if he would make a deal to help Colorado make the playoffs.

“But you don’t want to slow down the building process. … I will not give up top picks and top prospects, because we’re going to need them. We’re in a salary cap era, and you’re going to need those players coming into your system. If there’s something that’s going to help us get in the playoffs, we’ll do that, but it won’t be at the cost of our top prospects or high picks.”...

We expect a lot of our heroes around here, don’t we?

Well, unless your name is Super Joe....

Since taking control of hockey affairs in 2013, his team has failed to win a playoff series. Sakic, however, is the king of his own little fiefdom at the Pepsi Center....

Sakic preaches patience, suggesting good times ahead. It’s true that defensive prospect Cale Makar is ripping it up at the NCAA level. And Colorado might hit the draft lottery, landing No. 1 pick Jack Hughes, as the result of a savvy trade Sakic made with Ottawa.

“We love what’s coming and what’s going on here,” Sakic said. “It’s a process, and we’re not going to deviate from that plan.”

The process is only as good as the man in charge of it.

Do you trust Joe? Or no?

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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic

“We’re a young energetic group that’s playing hard every night. We’re going through some growing pains, like every team, and we hit the wall in the homestand, but I like the way they’re handling it. I know we lost in Tampa (5-2 to the Lightning on Thursday), but we played pretty hard. We played better in Tampa than in our homestand, and these last two games have been pretty good. So, we’re reacting well, working hard, sticking together. I like what’s going on with the group.”

-Joe Sakic, GM of the Colorado Avalanche.  Mike Chambers of the Denver Post has more from Sakic.

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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic On Matt Duchene

“I will be listening to offers. Right now it’s quiet on all fronts. But I’ll listen to offers on how we can get better. I’ll never name names but I’ll sit there and if something makes sense for the way we want to go, with our team, we’ll really look at that.”

-Joe Sakic on Matt Duchene.  More on the Avs from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.

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Evening Line- Adrian Dater On Joe Sakic

 ...Today was an opportunity to prove this front office wasn’t overwhelmed by the task at hand and they failed miserably. They are not only the worst team in the NHL by a country mile, their farm system is among the 10 worst in the NHL and they have failed to stock up on draft selections in upcoming drafts to remedy the situation.

The situation has reached such a critical mass of failure, there’s little reason for Avalanche fans to place faith in Sakic to handle the delicate situations he now faces with Duchene and Landeskog this summer. The draft floor has become the NHL’s primary trading grounds and the spotlight will only be bigger and brighter.

Does anybody really believe Sakic won’t shrink from that moment, too?

-Adrian Dater of BSNDenver where you can read  more on Sakic.

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The Avs Are Bad

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

So when does Joe Sakic quit?

He loves the Avalanche too much to let this go on.

The worst team in the NHL suffered a complete meltdown Thursday night, losing 6-0 to Toronto.

“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t frustrating right now,” said Gabe Landeskog, captain of the NHL’s worst team. “It’s probably as frustrating as it’s ever been.”

The Avs are an abomination. The low point in the team’s history? You’re looking at it.

The problem is too big to ignore, and the stink starts at the top. This is a poorly constructed hockey team, a roster that cannot win.

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Morning Line- Joe Sakic

“I have faith in them, but to me, the start is not a core thing; it’s a team thing. I think you see we’re trying to hold people accountable. We know we have certain guys who can give more, and those guys know they can give more, but it’s not like it’s a whole thing. We’re not as consistent as we need to be. We didn’t win two straight Cups and have that leeway. We have to play with that urgency every night on a consistent basis to be successful.”

-Joe Sakic, GM of the Colorado Avalanche on his core players and team.  More on the Avalanche from Terry Frei of the Denver Post.

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Joe Sakic Believes In His Team

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post,

Sakic’s only major change was to his coaching staff, replacing bench boss Patrick Roy with Jared Bednar after Roy’s surprising Aug. 11 resignation. Colorado’s core players from last season’s 39-39-4 nonplayoff team (82 points) remain intact.

“We looked at all different avenues to improve the club. At the end, we believe in this group,” Sakic said at Sanctuary Golf Course, where 31 foursomes teed off to benefit the Food Bank of the Rockies. “Do we need to make the next step? Yes, we do, and that step is learning how to finish games. For the most part last year, we got off to pretty good starts. But in the third period, we didn’t do well. If we could have found ways to get games in overtime and play better in those key moments — that’s learning how to win, to put games away. That’s what we’re hoping to accomplish this year, and get the belief in knowing what it takes on a consistent basis to finish games off.”

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Joe Sakic reacts to Patrick Roy’s resignation

From the Denver Post's Mike Chambers:

Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said he soon plans to go golfing with Patrick Roy, who resigned as the team’s coach Thursday. During a conference call about five hours after Roy announced in a written statement issued by a public relations agency that he was resigning, Sakic said he and Roy have no ill feelings about each other.

“We both respect each other really well. We’ve always been friends and we’ll always continue to be friends,” Sakic said. “He was contemplating this for a few weeks. It was tough on him, stressful and I know right now he’s very comfortable with his decision and probably relieved that it’s over for him. So I’m happy that he came to this decision for himself and he’s comfortable with it and ready to move on. I wish him the best.”

The Avs missed the playoffs and regressed in the standings the past two seasons, after Roy’s surprising 112-point rookie season when they won the Central Division. The Avs slipped to 90 points in 2014-15 and fell to 82 points last season.

“He didn’t have a lot of fun last year,” Sakic said. “He came to this decision on his own.”

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Afternoon Line- Joe Sakic

“We’re not going to be looking that day. As the summer goes on, we’ll see what good fits are. But on the July 1, don’t expect us to go after any big long-term deals. Within our own, we’re going to discuss what we have within, but outside on July 1 we’re not going to go after a big splash.”

-Joe Sakic, GM of the Colorado Avalanche.  More from Sakic by Mike Chambers of the Denver Post.

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Dreger addresses Matt Duchene trade rumors

From TSN's Darren Dreger:

Thursday's Insider Trading segment created a buzz around the NHL with news the Colorado Avalanche is considering trading Matt Duchene.

Credit to long-time Avs beat writer, Adrian Dater for putting us on this trail. As we reported, there has been conversation between Ottawa and Colorado, and some believe that as long as the Avalanche are willing to keep Duchene in trade conversations, the Sens - as well as other teams - will continue to listen and investigate the possibilities.

Duchene displayed his talent on Thursday night, scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-2 win over Boston.

It seems unlikely Avs general manager Joe Sakic will move Duchene. Sakic might be using Duchene’s name as fodder in trade discussions that could lead to an entirely different move involving different players.

The reality is, Colorado is feeling the pain of past decisions to trade Ryan O'Reilly rather than sign him, and allowing Paul Stastny to get scooped by the St Louis Blues as a free agent.  The Avs may have been able to manage without one of the two players, but not having either has taken a toll.

There doesn't appear to be a sense of desperation in Colorado, but there has been an ample amount of frustration which may have prompted Sakic to start making calls. Ottawa is equally frustrated from the top down, so the two teams potentially doing business makes a lot of sense.

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Avalanche need help on ‘d’

From the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch:

The Colorado Avalanche have hit a Rocky Mountain low. And, the talk amongst league executives is the heat is on.

The Avs have been treading water for the past 13 months and they’ve started off this season with a lousy 4-9-1 record. If they don’t get their act together quickly then they’ll miss the playoffs for a second straight year under the guidance of General Manager Joe Sakic and VP of hockey operations/coach Patrick Roy.

The Avs have started this year the way last season finished and the word is Sakic has been calling around desperately trying to get help.

The club starts a seven-game road trip Tuesday in Philadelphia that will make or break their season when it wraps up Nov. 23 in Winnipeg.

Sources say the Avs badly want help on defence.

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Joe Sakic On The Colorado Avalanche Season

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Before the game, Sakic reprised some of the themes his second-year coach, former teammate Patrick Roy, discussed recently, including that the Avs — especially judged in retrospect — weren't primed for the season.

"I actually thought training camp, the first three days, went really well," Sakic said. "I thought the guys were flying and excited. As it went on, you could almost sense that guys weren't quite ready for what to expect coming into the season. We had so much success and smooth sailing the year before, you could see — I won't say it was a letdown — but we weren't expecting how other teams were going to play against us. The pressures, the expectations were up there this year, where last year at the start of the year there weren't a lot of expectations. ...

"We had a tough start, faced a lot of adversity and it took some time for our core guys to learn to deal with it."

Was there something that could have been done at the time, when he and others "sensed" that reality?

"I went through it as a player," Sakic said. "We talked to the players about it. We talked to the players at the end of last season about how much harder it was going to be. You have to go through it. I will say I'm pretty proud of the way the guys dealt with it. I know it took longer than we were hoping, but you could see the smiles, the excitement the last couple of months, where we played much better as a team, more confident, kind of learning to deal with what it's going to take to get to that next level."

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LeBrun: Avs won’t be trading O’Reilly

Via Pro Hockey Talk's Ryan Dadoun, ESPN's Pierre LeBrun managed to posit a late-night trade deadline scoop, and it comes from the mouth of Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic, discussing a player who won't be in play this year:

[Joe] Sakic and the Avs rarely tip their hand, but it's clear regarding O'Reilly because he has just one more year on his contract after this season and a big decision has to be made this offseason. He either gets signed long-term or he gets traded. O'Reilly's name has been out there in trade rumors all season, but the reality is that it's an offseason decision, not a Monday decision.

"Ryan is part of our core," Sakic said. "My intention is that at the end of the year I want to try and re-sign him. That will be the goal with Ryan. That being said, we're not going to want that same distraction going on all year next season, either. But he's a guy I want to have here. And hopefully we can work something out this summer."

Continued, and there were some...shenanigans...at the end of the Wild's 3-1 win over Colorado on Saturday, with Cody McLeod in the spotlight again...

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Garrioch discusses Avs’ struggles, possible GM’s meetings trade talk

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch discusses the outline for the NHL's general managers' meetings in Toronto on Tuesday and issues several trade rumors, but the thrust of his column involves the Colorado Avalanche's struggles:

The honeymoon is over for Patrick Roy in Denver. After an avalanche of success in his first season as head coach, Colorado has taken a step backwards and you have to think if his name wasn't Patrick Roy he would be getting a lot more heat.

Five points out of a playoff spot and sitting at No. 13 in the West, the tension is starting to grow after a horrible start by the Avs.

Last year, they averaged 16,295 at 41 home games. This year, the Avalanche rank No. 24 in the league at 15,088 through eight home games. Some believe the players are starting to squeeze their sticks.

NHL executives are waiting with baited breath to see if general manager Joe Sakic and Roy (who has a say in every move) get antsy and want to start dealing young players in an attempt to get immediate help.

They'd better be careful.

Garrioch also believes that the NHL's GM's meetings might lay the groundwork for trades in the case that the salary cap remains steady or goes down:

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Video- ‘Burnaby Joe’ Sakic

via HomeTownHockey,

The pride of Burnaby, Joe Sakic’s career started in the Vancouver suburb.  He went from being a standout with the Burnaby BC Selects, to a 2-time Stanley Cup Champion, to a hall of famer.  But Burnaby Joe never forgot where he came from.

 

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Morning Line

“We’ve got two good lines that we feel like he’ll complement either one — whichever one (Head Coach Patrick Roy) wants to put him with. And really with that power play and in front of the net he’s still got a great shot. And that leadership — you can’t have enough leadership in the dressing room and he’s definitely going to bring that.”

“Our core guys are young and we try to surround them with great veteran leadership that can help them get to the next level.” 

-Joe Sakic, President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche on Jarmome Iginla, via CBSDenver.

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Paul Stastny, like so many other unrestricted free agents-to-be, will play wining-and-dining field

Via Chris Nichols (you should be reading him and following him on Twitter), the Denver Post's Adrian Dater reports that unrestricted free agent-to-be Paul Stastny is going to do what the vast majority of the unrestricted free agents-to-be will do: he's going to listen to other teams' offers during the "wining and dining" period:

I talked with Joe Sakic late tonight. His update on Paul Stastny is this: he met with Matt Keator, Paul Stastny’s agent today in Las Vegas.

The news is mixed: Stastny wants to “see what’s out there”, Sakic reports. So, we are officially entering into the period where teams are free to call Stastny and Keator and put on the full-court press. BUT, as I reported yesterday: essentially Stastny/Keator have made a vow to Sakic and the Avs: that they will circle back Colorado and give them the right of first refusal to keep him.

The Avs will then be faced with the decision to either come up on their existing offer for him (Sakic won’t say exactly what it is, but it’s safe to say it’s between $5 million and $6 million per year) or let him go. It’s dangerous territory for sure. Some team can just make some blowout offer to him for god knows how much money and it might be too good to pass up.

But, Sakic said the talks with Keator were “good.” So, hey, sounds like absolutely anything can happen still and it’s going to be an interesting few days.

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Time To Honor The Hockey Hall Of Fame Inductees

The induction ceremonies can be watched tonight beginning at 7:30pm ET on NHL Net US and TSN in Canada.

from Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Not to put too fine a point on it, but it’s too bad NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman weren’t at the fan forum leading up to Monday’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, especially given the pessimism that currently surrounds the labor talks. It’s too bad the two leaders couldn’t have seen firsthand the kind of special bond that exists between fans and players -- in this case, Hall of Fame inductees Joe Sakic, Adam Oates, Pavel Bure and Mats Sundin -- the kind of relationship the lockout puts at risk. 

Several fans told Bure that he was the reason they became hockey followers. Another fan spoke with reverence at a memory of Sakic stopping during a Stanley Cup celebration to get his young son a drink of water. 

Many of the 250 or so fans crammed into the Great Hall at the Hockey Hall of Fame in downtown Toronto were sporting jerseys with the inductees’ names on the back. 

Funny that during an hourlong question-and-answer session Sunday, an annual event since 1999, when Wayne Gretzky was inducted, not one question was asked about the lockout. It was certainly a measure of the respect that the fans have for the four inductees and maybe, just maybe, a reflection of the anger and apathy that threatens the game during the second lockout in the past eight years. 

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Sakic Still Has It

Joe Sakic hit an eight-iron 162 yards for a hole in one at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Lake Tahoe today.

The shot was worth $1 million dollars with Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong Foundation receiving half of the check.

More from the AP at TSN.

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Needed: More Banners In Colorado

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Discussing his new job in depth for the first time, Joe Sakic today said he is excited about becoming executive adviser and alternate governor of the Avalanche. Part of his vision for the franchise centers around the rafters of the Pepsi Center.

“We want to see more banners raised,” Sakic said at a new conference this afternoon.

One of Sakic’s first pieces of wisdom he plans to pass along to Avalanche players, who finished next-to-last in the NHL this season: He’s been there.

“I was there when the Quebec Nordiques decided to go in the direction of rebuilding. I know exactly what they’re going to expect. I know as a player when you go through those things it’s tough to get out of it. But I’m very excited to be part of this going forward. We finished 29th, so there’s holes. As a group, starting tomorrow, we’re going to get together with everybody, the whole hockey organization, and we need to figure out where we need to go.”

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Sakic Joins Avalanche Front Office

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Joe Sakic has been named Executive Advisor/Alternate Governor of the Avalanche.  He will begin his new position at the end of the 2010-11 regular season.

Sakic, 41, will serve as an executive advisor regarding all facets of hockey operations.  He will also be involved in the business side and will represent the Avalanche at the Board of Governors Meetings as one of the Alternate Governors.

“I feel that now is the time for this new challenge,” said Sakic.  “Two years after retiring from the game of hockey, and having had the opportunity to attend the Board of Governors Meeting, I feel excited about getting involved more with the organization.  The fact that the Avalanche is giving me this opportunity shows how much they trust my background and hockey experience.  I look forward to this new expanded role with the franchise.”

“The fact that Joe Sakic has decided to come on board on all facets of hockey operations is exciting news for us and all of our fans,” said Avalanche Governor Josh Kroenke.

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Sakic Attending BOG Meetings

via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic’s start in the business side of the NHL – something he’s stated previously as a goal – will start today with Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix and general manager Greg Sherman.  Sakic, the Avs’ all-time leading scorer and future Hall of Famer, will join Lacroix and Sherman at today’s start of the NHL board of governors meeting here.

However, Sakic has not accepted a formal job with the Avalanche as yet. He is sitting in with Lacroix and Sherman – at Lacroix’s invitation – to begin the process of learning more about the hockey business, for a possible future role with the team in management.

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Joe Sakic Not Ready For Full-Time Work

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Yet Sakic, 41, added that a year into retirement, he isn’t ready to serve in a full-time executive role.

“Whatever they need, I’m here,” Sakic said at the Sanctuary Golf Course. “I’ll be able to go to the rinks and give my input, or whatever they want me to do. As an actual job, a title, I’m not really ready for that yet.

“My kids are at such a great age, I want to be home with them, and I’m coaching the boys’ (Chase and Mitchell) hockey and Kamryn, my daughter, is in gymnastics. I’m really enjoying that. I’m watching (the Avalanche) every game, and they know I’m here. I’ll be at the rink once in a while, and if they need anything, I’ll be there for them.

“I know when I’m ready to make that next step and be more committed and be more full time, it’ll be available. But right now, things are going pretty good.”

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Sakic Wants To Get Back In The Game

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Joe Sakic seems to have made up his mind that he wants to work for the Avalanche in a management capacity. The questions are when and in what role.

When it happens, Sakic isn’t expecting any big-timer treatment. He expects to pay his dues.

“You can’t just jump in and start at the top. I would go in knowing I’d have to learn all parts of the business for a few years,” said Sakic, the Avs’ all-time leading scorer who retired last summer.

Sakic, who turns 41 next month, spent his first year of retirement taking it easy with his family and coaching his sons’ hockey teams part-time. He said he has not talked with the Avs about a management job and probably won’t for at least a couple more weeks.

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#19- Joe Sakic Honored

from Rick Sadowski at NHL.com,

Joe Sakic returned to the area where he has always felt the most comfortable—the ice.

But on Thursday, he stepped onto the ice to be honored by the Colorado Avalanche, who retired his No. 19 jersey and raised a banner honoring their longtime captain to the Pepsi Center rafters, joining those of Patrick Roy (No. 33) and Ray Bourque (No. 77).

“You never could imagine you’re going to have that honor, have your number raised up in the rafters – not growing up, not ever,” Sakic said following a 45-minute ceremony before the Avalanche and San Jose Sharks met in the season opener for both teams.

“To see it up there with Patrick and Ray, it’s a tremendous honor.”

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Sakic Remembers Quebec

from Kevin Johnston at Cyberpresse (translated),

Joe Sakic did not hesitate a second when asked whether he believed that the NHL could revive Quebec. “There is no doubt in my mind that the NHL should go back to their sources in Canada, he said. There are some markets that are struggling in the United States. A hockey player loves to play in an environment that is favorable. An environment where the sport is popular.”

Many will take these comments with a grain of salt. Does the new retirement card playing politics or is it really sincere? A question for which he was well prepared: “The vast majority of players who have gone through have loved Quebec experience. I spent seven years of my life with you and I had many good times. I can never say enough about the fans who lived only for their hockey club. You know, I never heard a member of a winning team complain. There were grunts during our difficult years, but when we started up the slope, Quebec was the best place to practice our sport. It’s just a shame we could not go all the way to the people of Quebec.”

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Who Could Be The Next ‘Super Joe’

from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,

Two of Sakic’s peers—Steve Yzerman and Joe Nieuwendyk—fall into that category as well. All three were pivots that could put the puck in the net, yet they were also equal parts puck distributors. With all three recently retired, it got me to musing about today’s top scoring threats in the middle amongst the younger players. Who are the pure scoring pivots that don’t sacrifice on assists to get theirs? Are there any pure shooters in today’s game to carry the mantle in the middle of legitimate threats to score from distance?

That last qualifier is an important distinction when considering a Sakic-type threat versus, say, a Sidney Crosby-dynamo who scores his goals through hard work and diligence in getting to the net rather than looking off a defender, getting to a spot and ripping a shot past the goaltender.

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All Joe Sakic

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

His voice quavering almost as soon as he reached the podium, Joe Sakic made it official today – after a distinguished 20-year career, he is retiring from the NHL

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also from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“He’s had an outstanding, brilliant career,” Gretzky said. “He’s been a tremendous asset to the National Hockey League. He’s been a Stanley Cup champion and just as important he was a huge part of the [Olympic] gold medal in 2002.

“He was a winner. The thing about Joe is he did it with so much class and so much dignity. He is very humble, very quiet, almost shy. But when he got on the ice he was dynamic and very unselfish. The thing about Joe is that he worked hard every shift, every game.”

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What they are saying about Joe Sakic and the top 10 Sakic moments below…

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The NHL Network & Joe Sakic

added 2:53pm, Watch the Sakic press conference below… Live Event!

NEW YORK/TORONTO – NHL Network will be live at 3 p.m. ET today to provide coverage of the announcement of the retirement of Joe Sakic, the long-time captain of the Colorado Avalanche. The two-hour live program will feature an in-depth look at Sakic’s 20-year NHL career and will be hosted by Dan Pollard and analyst Dave Reid, who played with Sakic on the Colorado Avalanche’s 2001 Stanley Cup winning team. Additional guests scheduled to call in to the show include Ray Bourque, Steve Yzerman and Peter Forsberg.

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Sakic Never Took A Shift Off

from John F. Molinaro of CBC Sports,

Nothing impressed me more about Joe than the sheer drive he displayed every time he took to the ice,” Marc Crawford, now coach of the Dallas Stars, told CBCSports.ca.

Crawford should know, having coached Sakic for four seasons and winning a Stanley Cup together in 1996. Calling him a natural leader, Crawford said Sakic had a great hockey mind, and understood the game better than most of his contemporaries.

“It’s funny, because I never felt I really coached him; it was more like I collaborated with him,” Crawford explained.

Possessing brilliant hockey instincts, Sakic went about his business in a workmanlike fashion, becoming one of the premier players in the NHL in the process.

Playing against him was no picnic, according to former Edmonton Oilers forward Craig Simpson.

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#19 Goes To The Rafters In Denver

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the organization will officially retire number 19 in honor of team captain Joe Sakic.

The club will raise Sakic’s number 19 in a special ceremony prior to the start of the club’s 2009-10 season opener (game date and time to be announced).

“It is appropriate and deserving that we launch the season by honoring Joe’s accomplishments,” said Avalanche President Pierre Lacroix.  “It will be a tremendous event for a very special person and hockey player.  We can’t put into words what he meant to this franchise and to our hockey fans.

“Joe’s numbers and records speak for themselves.  He’s been the face of the franchise for two complete decades and his impact on this team and this city cannot be overstated.  By retiring number 19, we are honoring one of the finest professionals in the history of the National Hockey League and we are bidding farewell to one of the greatest individuals in pro sports.”

Sakic’s 19 will be the third sweater number to be retired in the 14-year history of the Colorado Avalanche, joining Ray Bourque (77) and Patrick Roy (33).  Sakic will be the seventh player in franchise history to have his sweater number retired, as the Quebec Nordiques retired the jerseys of Peter Stastny (26), Michel Goulet (16), Marc Tardif (8) and J.C. Tremblay (3).

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Sakic Officially Retires

DENVER – Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic announced today that after 20 seasons and 1,378 games with the same organization, he has played his final game in the NHL.

“After having the privilege of playing for 20 years, I’m leaving the game of hockey with nothing but great memories and a sense of accomplishment,” said Sakic.  “The game has given me more than I ever dreamed of, and for that I am truly grateful.”

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Watch The Sakic Press Conference

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club has scheduled a press conference, which will take place on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. MT.

At this time, Avalanche captain Joe Sakic will make a special announcement regarding his hockey career.

ColoradoAvalanche.com will provide a live video stream of the press conference, so be sure to check back on Thursday.

added 2:05pm, The NHL Network will also be broadcasting the press conference.

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The Better Player- Sakic Or Yzerman?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I’ll weigh in with my choice later, but let’s hear it from you all first.

A couple of stats:

Yzerman 3 Cups, Sakic 2.
Yzerman 1,755 points, Sakic 1,641.
Career playoff points: Sakic 188, Yzerman 185.
Postseason goals: Sakic 84, Yzerman 70.
Conn Smythe trophies: Sakic 1, Yzerman 1.
Olympic MVP awards: Sakic 1, Yzerman 0.

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Sakic Announcement

via the Colorado Avalanche, Joe Sakic will make a special announcement regarding his hockey career at 3:00pm ET on Thursday, July 9th.

Numereous speculation traveling around the web right now, but I personally feel Joe deserves and has earned the right to speak for himself.  Therefore, I will not be posting any updates on this unless Sakic himself speaks on this subject.

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Yzerman Does The Right Thing

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

One of the most curious invitees for the Canadian Olympic orientation camp is a player who doesn’t even know if he’s going to put on the blades at all this year: Joe Sakic.

But it is a measure of the respect for Sakic’s pedigree, and the integrity of Canadian Olympic executive director Steve Yzerman and Hockey Canada, that the veteran forward was extended an invitation, even though a decision on whether he will retire or not has not yet been made public.

Yzerman said he recently called Sakic and, without prying about his decision, told him he wanted Sakic at camp.

continued (story is in the left sidebar), the featured story is about the players selected to the Team Canada Orientation Camp.

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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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Morning Line

We place a lot of importance on veteran leadership, and he’s such a strong character guy. Having this conversation with Joe at one point before, he doesn’t want to be there just for what he’s done in the past. He wants to be there because he deserves it, and that’s my feeling. But even if he decides to take more time this summer to decide, I’d still like to extend an invitation to him.”

-Steve Yzerman speaking about Joe Sakic and Team Canada.  More on Sakic from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post.

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Sakic Won’t Return This Weekend

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs, .

..But, listen, I’m probably going to choke up a little at the Joe Sakic retirement press conference - one that I expect to happen at some point soon.

I predicted all through last summer that Sakic would play this year. And I’m predicting now that Sakic will retire after this, his 20th season. And, as I’ve said before, I do hope I’m wrong. But I don’t think I will be.

Anyway, the news tonight was that Captain, our Captain, can’t play this weekend. We had all sorts of fun scenarios for this weekend.

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added 8:52am, Joe Sakic was asked if he would be back this weekend, watch his response below.

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Sakic Undecided On His Future

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

We might not see Joe Sakic this year after all.

The Avalanche captain and franchise icon met with the media this morning, and while saying it remains his goal to play before the season is over April 12, he isn’t sure it will happen. Citing a loss of strength in his left leg – aftereffects of back surgery to repair a herniated disc and sciatic nerve damage to the leg – Sakic said it may not be possible to fulfill his goal.

“I lost a lot of strength in my leg,” Sakic said. “I’m not too sure where we stand yet. I’m just trying to work as hard as I can to make it back. Next week is obviously going to decide a lot.”

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Are We About To See The End Of Joe Sakic?

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Months after undergoing back surgery and also suffering three broken fingers and tendon damage in a losing faceoff with a snowblower, Avalanche captain Joe Sakic has started skating again….

The goal, it seems, is for him to be back in the lineup for the final few games of the regular season — which in this case means the final few games of the Avalanche’s season, period.

This all begs the question: What the heck for?...

The only reason for him to try to play again this season, even if it’s only the back-to-back home games against St. Louis and Vancouver in the final weekend, on April 11 and 12, is to wave goodbye.

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Sakic’s Goal Is To Play This Season

from Craig Stancher of ColoradoAvalanche.com,

In a welcome sight, Avalanche captain Joe Sakic was on the ice this morning before the rest of the team went through its morning skate at Pepsi Center….

While Sakic didn’t speak to reporters this morning, Avalanche head coach Tony Granato stated that his captain’s goal remains the same - to return to the lineup before the end of the regular season.

“Joe wants to play, so I’d like to see Joe, obviously, get in good enough shape and feel good enough to get back on the ice in a game,” said Granato. “That’s been his goal since the injury. It was great to see him out on the ice.”

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Sakic Hopes To Return This Season

from Craig Stancher at ColoradAvalanche.com,

Sakic - who underwent successful surgery for a herniated disc on Jan. 7 - spoke on a wide range of topics Thursday, including his back injury, the status of his rehabilitation and his drive to get back on the ice.

“We just started rehab this week, so we’re just working on stability right now. After surgery, we haven’t been able to do anything for about six weeks,” said the 20-year NHL veteran. “Just a lot of rest and making sure you don’t move around too much. We just started, but things are progressing.”

While there is no definitive timeline for his return, Sakic’s ultimate goal is to get back on the ice before the end of the 2008-09 campaign.

“For now, it’s still too early for a timetable. I definitely want to be back sometime near the end of the year, give or take a couple of weeks,” said Sakic. “I’m not too sure right now, but as long as rehab keeps working and my back does fine and progresses, hopefully it will be by the end of the year.”

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Sakic Recovering From Back Surgery

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that captain Joe Sakic underwent successful surgery for a herniated disc and is expected to be out approximately 10 weeks.

“After weeks of rehabilitation, it was determined that surgery was the safest path to a complete recovery,” said Avalanche Team Physician Andrew Parker. “This was our best option and the surgery went as expected.”

“I understand that this was the best way for me to return to the ice, so now my focus and goal will be to get back as soon as possible to help my teammates in the final weeks of the season,” said Sakic.

The Avalanche captain will be resting at home for the next seven to 10 days recovering from this procedure

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Hand Surgery For Sakic

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that captain Joe Sakic underwent surgery last night to repair three broken fingers and tendon damage. He is expected to miss approximately three months. 

“Joe’s surgery was performed by a hand specialist,” said Avalanche Team Doctor Andy Parker. “The procedure went well and he’s expected to make a full recovery.”

The incident happened at his house yesterday afternoon involving a snow blower.

The Avalanche captain will continue to receive treatment for the herniated disc in his back while he recovers from the surgery.

added 1:35pm, from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Avalanche vice president Jean Martineau said the accident happened to Sakic’s left hand, and that severe tendon damage occurred to one finger. That same finger and two others were broken.

“Basically, it’s a mistake. He’s a 39-year-old adult who made a mistake,” Martineau said. “He put his hand where he should not have put it. He’s, in a way, lucky. He’ll have a full recovery.”

Martineau said he visited Sakic in an unidentified hospital this morning, and that he was “very upset with himself.”

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Sakic & Foote Hurting, Season May Be Over For Avs

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The news isn’t good from the Avalanche’s morning skate: Sakic won’t play tonight against Tampa Bay, and his status is now listed as “indefinite.” We could be in the throes of a sad end to No. 19’s brilliant career. One last “clean” in the weight room - one last clean that he said he wasn’t even going to do, but said he did anyway in a kind of “what the heck?” manner - has hijacked Sakic’s and the Avs’ season….

It’s not a good situation, and this, I believe, will sink this listing Avs team for good this year. This team just doesn’t believe in itself, doesn’t have enough passion and - from what I have witnessed - doesn’t have the close kind of chemistry of the last few teams….

Here’s the other news from the skate: Adam Foote has been placed on injured reserve, retroactive to Nov. 22. Former DU defenseman Aaron MacKenzie has been recalled from Lake Erie and will be available tonight (although probably won’t be in the lineup).

Foote’s upper back (neck) is still bothering him, and this mysterious knee injury has also crept into the situation. Injuries like these are what can happen when a

stiff, no-talent, cheap-shot artist

forward like John Zeiler runs you from behind.

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Sakic Out Again With Bad Back

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

He took one shift - 28 seconds - before shutting it down for the day because his back was bad.

This is obviously a red-siren, MAJOR setback for Cap and the Avs. He has, in essense, missed eight of the last nine games now. He has yet to play a full game in any of the three he’s allegedly been healthy enough to play in those last nine.

This is serious. A bad back can very often mean the end of a player’s career. Knowing the Avalanche and their medical staff, I would bet the ranch that they will now shut Sakic down for at least another few games and try to get this thing cured.

more on the Avs loss to Phoenix today…

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Tests For Sakic

via the Rocky Mountain News,

Avalanche captain Joe Sakic didn’t practice today because of a sore back and is undergoing tests to determine how serious the problem is. He played the first period Saturday against Nashville after missing Thursday’s game with Minnesota. Hoping to get some sort of results later today.

Meanwhile, forward Scott Parker’s contract with the Avalanche has been terminated by the team. The “Sheriff” was assigned to the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League on Oct. 17 after being activated from the injured list—he had a concussion—but he never reported.

The Avalanche said he has become an unrestricted free agent. I’ve been trying to get in contact with his agent and with the NHL Players Association to get their take on the situation.

added 7:24pm, from the Rocky Mountain News,

The good news for the Avalanche and Joe Sakic is that no structural damage was found today during tests on the captain’s back.

Sakic is being listed as day to day. He’ll be evaluated on a daily basis, so it isn’t known if he’ll be able to play Wednesday in Vancouver.

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Joe Sakic Signs 1 Year Deal

From the Colorado Avalanche:

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract.

“I am happy to announce the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “Our entire organization is very excited to have Joe back for another season. As the only captain of the Avalanche, his record of achievement speaks for itself. Having him return is great for our franchise and community, but also for the game of hockey.”

“Ultimately it came down to the fact that I still enjoy playing and competing,” said Sakic. “I’m comfortable with my conditioning and my overall health. I’m ready for the start of camp and am looking forward to the upcoming season.”

Update 5:33pm ET:
According to Adrian Dater, Sakic’s one year deal is for $6 million.

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