Sakic promoted to Avs executive VP of hockey operations

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1 is finding a coach. Sakic said he wants a leader with a nurturing nature. After all, the Avs have a young nucleus in place with Matt Duchene , Ryan O’Reilly and captain Gabriel Landeskog all under 23. “We need that winning attitude down in the dressing room,” Sakic said. Over his career with the organization, Lacroix supervised the relocation of the team from Quebec to Denver and was the architect behind the championship teams in 1996 and 2001. He assembled a talent-rich lineup led by Sakic that captured nine straight division titles a decade ago. Lately, Colorado has fallen on some lean seasons. “There are cycles to every team,” Kroenke said. “There are teams playing very well in the playoffs right now that were not in a position far off from where we are several years ago.” By promoting Sakic, the Avs are borrowing a page from the Denver Broncos, who brought in Hall of Famer John Elway to take over as executive vice-president and help revive the team. Elway has flourished in his front office role, just like he once did on the field. It’s a model that Kroenke has carefully monitored. source: http://www.tsn.ca/story/?id=422861

Patrick Roy: Next Colorado Avalanche Head Coach?

Roy was beyond livid and felt that he had been forced to stay in net as a power management move by the coach. When Roy got to the bench, he made his way over to the club President, Ronald Corey, and told him that this was his last game in Montreal . Roy got his wish. He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche without having to play in the Montreal uniform again. Later Roy would say : “You always have some regrets,” Roy said of his exit from Montreal. “I mean, nobody’s perfect. But when you love to compete, and that’s the way I was, there was a good side of it and bad side of it. But I don’t think I would have the career I had if I was not that type of person.” That season Roy set out to prove the Canadiens wrong, and he succeeded. He brought home Lord Stanley’s Cup to the Colorado Avalanche. It was during this playoff run that the famous ” I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears ” was uttered by Roy. During his next few seasons with the Avalanche Roy was a key part of the Blood Feud between the Red Wings and the Avalanche. He had no issues dropping the gloves and fighting another goaltender. source: http://www.milehighhockey.com/avalanche-coaching-candidates/2013/5/9/4313500/patrick-roy-the-next-colorado-avalanche-head-coach

Joe Sakic takes over hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche

Sports Remind me when I share | Not you? Log out of Facebook How to remove this experience Joe Sakic takes over hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche Tweet 0 Getty ImagesThe bad news for Colorado Avalanche fans: Greg Sherman is still the general manager of a team that’s failed to make the playoff for three straight seasons and cost head coach Joe Sacco his job. The good news: He’s really not in charge of anything anymore, and is going to have to answer to Joe Sakic. The Avalanche on Friday announced a reshuffling their front office that saw the most popular player in franchise history (sorry, Chris Gratton) play a much more prominent role in its decision making. From the Avs: The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that Josh Kroenke has been named President and Joe Sakic has been named Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. Pierre Lacroix will remain with the organization as an advisor. “Beginning today, I will be assuming the responsibilities as Avalanche team President,” said Kroenke. “Having had the privilege of learning under a mentor like Pierre Lacroix , and then spending the past few seasons as Governor, I feel ready to become much more involved on a daily basis.” “I am thrilled to announce that Joe Sakic has agreed to become Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Avalanche,” continued Kroenke. “In that role, Joe will be in charge of all hockey-related decisions moving forward. With his credentials, presence and knowledge of the game, Joe will be a key ingredient in making sure that together we reach our future goals.” The Avs said that “Sherman will continue to be in charge of contract negotiations and be the Avalanche’s contact with the league office and its member teams.” No word if he’ll also be responsible for getting Sakic’s lunch and/or dry cleaning, going forward … So the Avalanche have their John Elway. And for a fan base that’s sick of watching this franchise flail about, handing the keys to a living legend can’t be bad from a marketing perspective. source: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-puck-daddy/joe-sakic-takes-over-hockey-operations-colorado-avalanche-192159796.html

Joe Sakic takes over as Avalanche vice president of hockey operations

Sakic had his number retired in Colorado. (USATSI)

The announcement of Sakic’s role was really nothing more than confirming what was already known as it had been reported over the past few days, that he could be taking on an increased role within the franchise. In Sakic’s new role, he will be in charge of and have the final say on all hockey decisions, while current general manager Greg Sherman will remain on to handle the day-to-day operations of the team. Sakic had been an excecutive advisor with the team over the past two seasons. “Last week, Josh reached out to me about the possibility of a bigger role,” said Sakic. “After those discussions, I really believe that Stan and Josh are committed to this franchise and want us to get back to where we used to be and compete for the Stanley Cup. Because of their commitment, it’s definitely the right time for me to take a more active role.” Sakic spent his entire Hall of Fame playing career with the Avalanche franchise, going all the way back to its days in Quebec, when he was selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 1987 draft. He scored 625 goals, recorded 1,641 points and was a key part of both Stanley Cup winning teams. While the Avalanche front office is still made up primarily of the same people who assembled a roster that has missed the playoffs three years in a row, Sherman will no longer be making the final hockey decisions (which could be a good thing for the Avs) while Kroenke takes over as president. Sakic takes over control of a team that has some good young cornerstones already in place with Gabriel Landeskog , Matt Duchene and Ryan O’Reilly , and they also own the No. 1 pick in the June draft after winning the draft lottery. source: http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/blog/eye-on-hockey/22225907/joe-sakic-takes-over-as-avalanche-vice-president-of-hockey-operations

NHL rumors: Could Avalanche lure coach Dave Tippett from Coyotes?

Phoenix is 135-78-33 in the regular season under Tippett. (USATSI)

If that even comes to fruition, it won’t happen until June 30 when his contract expires with the Coyotes, or if the Avs are granted permission to talk with Tippett. The latest ownership group to step to the fore in the ongoing saga to sell the Coyotes franchise reportedly has re-signing Tippett and GM Don Maloney — who is in the same situation — as agenda item No. 2 behind actually purchasing the team. Things would have to progress in a hurry for that to happen but if Tippett feels good enough like Shane Doan did, he could take a new deal even without a sale. Point is, he’s not a “free agent” yet and the Coyotes would like to be able to re-sign him, they just need time. They don’t seem to me like they’d be in a situation to grant the Avs permission to talk to him. If he does come free, there will probably be a few more jobs open, maybe a position in Vancouver where Alain Vigneault is on the hot seat after another flameout. That could be more enticing than what is a youth movement in Colorado still. However if Tippett wants to coach next season, you have to think he will. Whether that’s in Arizona, Colorado or somewhere else, we can’t know yet, but any team looking would love to have him. source: http://www.cbssports.com/general/blog/eye-on-hockey/22218170/nhl-rumors-could-avalanche-lure-coach-dave-tippett-from-coyotes

 

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