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Pressure Is On Colorado’s Coach And GM

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

So here we are, at the 15-game point, and the record is 7-7-1. Couldn’t be more average than that. I am not going to psycho-analyze the Colorado Avalanche to death here. It’s late and it would take a couple hours to talk about all the little things wrong with the team, the potential solutions, etc. etc. etc.

But things are going to get serious around here if this team continues its current floundering. For arguably the first time in their two-plus seasons together, there is real pressure starting to mount on Avs coach Joe Sacco, and GM Greg Sherman. I have no evidence of anything impending, but the “whispering” around the league is picking up regarding the job statuses of Sacco and Sherman.

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Primis's avatar

OK I’ll admit, this is a pretty bang-on article from Dater.

For all the moves of the past calendar year, none of them have done anything for the team really.

They traded Stewart and Shattenkirk for Johnson and McClement.  Turns out it looks like the Avs miss Stewart’s power-forward play up front more than they thought they would, and Johnson still isn’t very good.  The only upshot is the trade didn’t work out well from STL’s side either.

They traded for Varlamov, a risky trade.  Turns out goaltending maybe hasn’t been the problem people thought though, and now they have no 1st this year…

They signed Lindstrom and Kobasew.  Any time Kobasew’s name come sup as an “addition” with expectations, you know there’s a problem, the guy is a perennial under-performer.

Right now I’d blame the GM more than Sacco.  As CBS proves year after year, it doesn’t matter who the coach is if you can’t get any good on-ice personnel to match.

Posted by Primis on 11/09/11 at 01:52 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

Trading away more value to the negotiating rights to an RFA than what you would have given up via offer sheet (especially when that RFA said he didn’t want to be in Washington anymore) is what does it in for Sherman.

I’m ok with generally not blaming a guy who is absolutely handcuffed by an internal salary cap, but his mistakes have extended beyond his club’s inability to spend money.  He’s not making wise choices within his own constraints and it appears Sacco has no clue what he’s doing.

Matt Duchene deserves somebody who knows how to teach him to play more effective hockey other than “move him to the fourth line”.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/09/11 at 02:11 PM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

Colorado has won seven games and lost eight.  They are a bit worse than average so far.  The way the NHL reports win/loss records tricks people into thinking below average teams are average.  Dater got caught with this trick at the beginning of his article.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 11/09/11 at 03:11 PM ET

Primis's avatar

Matt Duchene deserves somebody who knows how to teach him to play more effective hockey other than “move him to the fourth line”.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/09/11 at 11:11 AM ET

You know who Duchene reminds me of?  Nik Zherdev.

Zherdev came into the league as an offensive dynamo but it quickly became apparent he only actually had one move—a deke-left-and-go-right.  He used it so many times one year in the Youngstars game that it nearly became its own drinking game, and halfway through opponents began picking his pocket when he tried it because they learned it was coming.  And that was just in a meaningless exhibition.

Duchene has one move—a spin.  He must have tried that spin a good 5 or 6 times last night against the Wings.  It’s clearly his go-to and safety blanket, like a QB throwing to a favorite TE or RB when things get rough.

What that tells me is that Duchene is not growing and developing.  He’s still relying on tricks, and one particular trick that is now getting old.  There’s no growth.

Posted by Primis on 11/09/11 at 04:05 PM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

What that tells me is that Duchene is not growing and developing.  He’s still relying on tricks, and one particular trick that is now getting old.  There’s no growth.

Exactly.  I don’t think that Duchene is unwilling to learn, I think that his coach just doesn’t have any idea what to teach him.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 11/09/11 at 05:22 PM ET

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