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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?
From Dave Krieger at the Rocky Mountain News,
Pierre Lacroix never has been big on publicity. As an agent for 21 years and general manager of one of the NHL’s most successful franchises for another 13, he shunned the limelight and met with the wretches at news conferences only when he had something important to tell us.
So receding into the background 16 months ago when he kicked himself upstairs to be president of the Avalanche was not the difficult part. Letting go of the adrenaline highs from a lifetime of deal making and competition was something else again.