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Report: Avs to retain Sacco, Sherman

Mar 28, 2012, 3:45 PM EDT

Joe Sacco, Greg Sherman AP

The Denver Post is reporting that Avalanche coach Joe Sacco and general manager Greg Sherman will keep their jobs following the conclusion of the regular season.

The Post’s Adrian Dater (who you may remember from such articles as “Paul Stastny was ‘particularly odious’ against the Sharks” and “What a terrible hockey game tonight at the Pepsi Center”) learned of the club’s decision to retain Sacco and Sherman via unnamed sources.

Sacco is reportedly in the last year of a three-year contract and will sign an extension soon, while Sherman’s contract isn’t public.

Looking ahead to the summer, Sherman faces some tough decisions. Pending unrestricted free agents include Milan Hejduk, David Jones, and Shane O’Brien, but more importantly there’s a whole pile of key RFAs to negotiate with, including Matt Duchene, Peter Mueller, Steve Downie, Ryan O’Reilly, Jamie McGinn, Erik Johnson, and Ryan Wilson.

  1. govtminion - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:51 PM

    Incredible. Commitment to mediocrity, I guess.

    • polegojim - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      Exactly – way to go guys. Reward…. NOTHING.

      Wish I could get paid big bucks to produce crap on ice.

  2. bigtganks - Mar 28, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    Hooray!

    – Canucks Fans

  3. velocirapist - Mar 28, 2012 at 4:45 PM

    I don’t think they’ve done such a bad job. They’ve stockpiled a ton of young talent, and turfing the GM and coach would probably not improve things. Say what you will about the Varlamov trade but if he plays up to his potential (which he has at times for sure), a 1st and 2nd for a legit #1 goalie is an excellent trade. They don’t grow on trees.

    IMHO Renney/Tambellini in Edmonton showed get fired far before these guys, not to mention Sutter/Feaster. I bet Colorado becomes a legit contender before any other team in the division.

    • polegojim - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      Sorry V- that’s not glass-half-full… that’s blinders-on-tightly.

      Remember Sherman’s ‘commitment’ to winning…. NOT

      Stockpile young talent??? It doesn’t do ANY good if you can’t provide leadership and win with them. His young players are floundering and flopping like fish out of water. He’s getting MINIMUM results from them.

      The Avs have SUNK to new and complete depths of indifference after building and early winner to cash in.

      Maybe they should move to a new city to start winning again.

      I’ve lost ALL respect – every ounce.

  4. emperorzero - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:14 PM

    Sherman’s real test comes this summer when he has to re-sing these guys and try to make the team better. If he can get every0one signed to reasonable deals, then great. But if he starts over paying some of these guys then give him the hook.

  5. taytay099 - Mar 28, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    I don’t know much about Sacco, but I know Sherman is probably one of the worst GMs in the NHL. Two seasons in a row he has traded three of their best offensive defenseman (Quincey, Liles and Shattenkirk) and replaced them with a struggling Erik Johnson. Varlamov trade has looked good at times and horrible at other times, but I think they could afford to give up draft picks since this team has a good core of young forwards right now. I don’t think they should have traded Quincey, Stewart and Shattenkirk.

    The only good trade I think he made was for Jamie Mcginn. He is a solid player that plays hard every shift.

    • polegojim - Mar 30, 2012 at 9:34 AM

      Yep – and the contract gets extended???

      Sadly, just like many other Pro teams – Pierre, the front office, and the Avs staff have become content filling seats and making money. Winning is optional.

      The Avs have become… the Colorado Rockies of the NHL.

  6. lolnowhy - Mar 29, 2012 at 12:38 AM

    I sincerely hope this a joke

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