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
-by Alaina Scarano-Isbouts
Breaking news Avs fans, Francois Giguere just got canned. Avs President Pierre Lacroix made the following statement to the press earlier:
“The results of this season are unacceptable. We feel a new direction is needed which re-emphasizes those standards of excellence our fans have grown accustomed to since 1995. We will work diligently towards reclaiming our identity that made our brand so special and unique.
Here are a few facts that will make you hate life as an Avs fan right now:
- Last night’s 2-7 loss to Anaheim secured our fate outside of the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years
- The Avs have now given up 15 goals in their last 2 home games
- Neither one of our goalies could stop any pucks last night, making the situation for a goalie even more dire
- Stastny is out “2-4 weeks” with a broken foot. When was the last time you ever saw anyone come back after 2 weeks with a broken foot?
- Ruslan Salei left the game with an injured knee last night; no word yet on his status
- Each passing day is one more day closer to the 09-10 season that Joe Sakic hasn’t committed to returning
- Cody McCormick will not be signing autographs at Conoco today (in case anyone was actually going to that)
- The Avs have never been this far back in the Western Conference this late in the season
- Last night was the fifth game the Avs lost in a row — and this is the 3rd time the Avs have reached that number this season
- As of last night, the Avs were ranked 25th in the league in fan attendance, bringing in an average of 15,595 fans per home game
- The Avs only have $13 million to sign 10 players (plus a goalie, plus Sakic) in the off-season
But do not despair, Avs fans. Although those facts might be enough to make you whine more than Jeremy Roenick, there are some good tidbits as well. Facts to dry your tears: