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Avs give coach Sacco two-year extension

Apr 11, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

Joe Sacco

The Colorado Avalanche have given coach Joe Sacco a two-year contract extension.

The news doesn’t come as a huge surprise, as the Denver Post reported two weeks ago that Sacco and general manager Greg Sherman would be retained by the club.

“Joe has earned the opportunity to lead this young team,” Sherman said in a statement.  “Our club made significant strides this season and we look forward to continuing that next season.”

And just to fire up the ol’ speculation machine, the CBC’s Elliott Friedman wonders if the Avs’ decision to keep Sacco behind the bench might spell the end of Matt Duchene’s time with the team.

Duchene was benched March 22 (played only 7:21 vs. Phoenix) then saw almost 15 minutes two nights later. But then his time-on-ice falls off a cliff. Average for the final five games: 11:40. You can sense an uneasy relationship between he and Sacco. The Avalanche dealt Chris Stewart out of nowhere. If they think Sacco is the right coach, what do they think about Duchene?

That’s a pretty big Matzah ball for Friedman to hang out there considering Duchene, 21, is just two years removed from finishing third in the Calder Trophy race.

But hey, we didn’t say it – he did. So we’re running with it.

  1. govtminion - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:29 PM

    …you have to be kidding me. Why???

  2. polegojim - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    GLOOOOOM DISPAIRRRRR and AGONY ON MEEEEEE

    Forget Duchene… what should Avs fans in general think?

    Sacco = Mediocrity perfected and excellent at getting the LEAST from this team.

    Please no ‘rebuilding garbage’. Feed that to yourself if you actually believe it…. no educated hockey fan is going to buy that. It’s a floundering franchise.

    The Avs have supposedly been ‘rebuilding’ since 2004….for about 8 years now.

    I’d LOVE to eat my words in 2012–13… but I won’t.

    • govtminion - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Hard to argue with any of that. The only thing that makes any sense to me is that he’s being kept so that when the team flounders again next year they have a patsy to sacrifice to the fans rather than Sherman having to lose his job. Even that’s far-fetched, but what else makes any sense? Job performance?

      • polegojim - Apr 11, 2012 at 11:50 PM

        That’s probably the painful truth. Just sad to watch this once proud franchise in such a mess.

        Nothing elite, nothing special about them at all.

  3. emperorzero - Apr 11, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Well….at least they’ll only have to eat a year and a half of that contract when they fire him in December.

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