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.
In more “what the f*^k” news from the Avalanche, Joe Stacco was named head coach today.
For those of you who don’t know Joe Stacco, which I’m guessing is 90% of the readers here, until this afternoon he was the coach of the Avs’ AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters. Now he is head coach of the Colorado Avalanche — his first NHL coaching gig.
The 40-year old Sacco has been affiliated with the Avalanche organization now for four seasons, serving as an assistant coach in both Lowell and Albany prior to being promoted to head coach of the Monsters. Sacco coached the Monsters to a 34-38-3-5 finish this past season.
Sacco will be bringing Sylvain Lefebvre along with him as assistant coach. Lefebvre heald the same position in Lake Erie for the last two seasons. In Lefebvre’s 14-season career as an NHL defenseman, he played for five teams — and won the Cup with the Avs back in 1996.
In other Avalanche news, I decided that I will also be promoting my brother AJ, who hasn’t played hockey in about eight years, to starting goaltender. AJ will be bringing with him his dog Brewster, who will be part of the starting defensive lineup.