Greg Sherman. Joe Sacco. Sylvain Lefebvre. There have been a lot of new names thrown around the front office of the Colorado Avalanche. But one thing is for certain: the message is loud and clear. There is no turning back now.
Pierre Lacroix is getting this franchise ready for the post-Joe-Sakic era. While Sakic still hasn’t made a decision on whether or not he will be returning to the Avs for a 21st season with the franchise, the team seems to be moving on ahead of him. Sakic missed most of the 08-09 season with multiple injuries, participating in only 15 games and notching just 12 points. Sakic has worn the “C” on his sweater proudly for 19 years, but in the last few off seasons has taken longer and longer to commit to another year on the ice, each year signing only a one-year contract.
Hi hockey fans. My most sincere apologies for my absence – it’s been a very busy time! Did anyone see the latest Avs headlines this morning? While Tony Granato I’m sure had assumed his job wasn’t safe, I don’t know if anyone saw this move coming.
This morning, the Avalanche issued the press release that all members of the Avs coaching staff had been fired. Head coach Tony Granato, assistant coaches Jacques Cloutier and Dave Barr, goaltending coach Jeff Hackett, Assistant [to the] GM Michel Goulet, and even video coordinator P.J. DeLuca all lost their jobs this morning.
Ten years ago, the Denver Broncos and Colorado Avalanche were each at the pinnacle of their respective organizations. The Broncos were the team to beat in the NFL after winning back to back Super Bowl Championships. The Colorado Avalanche set an NHL record with nine consecutive division titles, in route to winning two Stanley Cups.
Ten years later, fans, journalists, and members of each organization are suffering from the worst condition in sports: they are all living in the past. Continue reading
Martin Brodeur can break the record for Most Career Wins tonight in Montreal.
86 – the number Sidney Crosby wears on his back to signify the year he was born.
46 – the age of Chris Chelios.
48 – the number of goals Alexander Ovechkin has scored as I type this (it will probably be more by the time I’m done).
11 – the number of points the Colorado Avalanche are short of a playoff spot.
These are just a few numbers being thrown around in the league. But lately, another number has become the focus of everyone’s attention.
551 — the magic number. Continue reading
Do bloody brawls have a fighting chance? (Patrick Roy pictured)
Fighting and head hits. These are the hot topics in the NHL now that the endless suspense (then eventual disappointment) of deadline day has passed. With the playoffs gearing up to start in just over a month, it’s a wonder that we are hearing about this head-banging now and not in the off season. But those GMs need something to discuss in those meetings other than who is going to babysit Sean Avery, so here’s my take on the issue.