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Imploding Avs stick up for coach Sacco

Mar 26, 2013, 11:15 AM EDT

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Even with six regulation losses in their last seven games and a place in the bottom of the Western Conference standings, the Colorado Avalanche aren’t blaming anything on the coaching staff.

At least, not publicly.

“It has nothing to do with the coaches,” said goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere Sunday, per the Denver Post. “The system is there. It’s a good system. It’s the same system as we played last year, when we had some success. When we decide to be all on the same page and play within the rules of our team, we’re a successful team, especially with the talent that we have.”

Forward Ryan O’Reilly also stood by the coaching staff, which is led by head coach Joe Sacco.

Sacco was hired prior to the 2009-10 season. He got the Avs into the playoffs his first year, but it appears they’ll miss the postseason for the third straight time in 2013.

Defensively, Colorado has been especially bad, and that responsibility often falls at the feet of the coaches.

The Avs play in Calgary tomorrow.

  1. mp1131211 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Emphasis on SOME success.

  2. polegojim - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    Giggy is a stand up guy who would not say any differently.

    However… His statement is IMPOSSIBLE!

    How does a ‘good system’… produce WORSE results… with MORE talent…. and MORE experience than last year?

    Answer: It wouldn’t… and it’s NOT.

    If the system is good… then Sherman has BLOWN it with his player selection
    If Sherman has put together a GOOD team… then Sacco’s system has BLOWN the development

    In this situation, my money is more heavily on Sherman, since this team has PROVEN that it can be as good as anyone on the ice with flashes of great play. They have the talent.

    Final Culprit??? Sacco’s system is failing to get it done. There is no other way around it…

  3. jernster21 - Mar 26, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    I don’t think any player has publicly thrown their coach under the bus. That’s not the wisest career move – look at how they play under Sacco because actions speak louder than words in this case.

  4. dolphincult - Mar 26, 2013 at 4:59 PM

    ya….ahhhh Im not drinkn the kool-aid. Good for giggy for showing class but sacco’s results are not defendable. The players have tuned him out and his shelf life is over. There is no lack of talent on this roster and these whispers of his name for the Boston College job are a farce. Avs penny pinching is the only thing saving his job. Very sad what the franchise has become for my friends who are hardcore Avs fans

    • jernster21 - Mar 27, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      BU, not BC. Avs assistant (former Lake Erie Monsters head coach) David Quinn got the job.

      • dolphincult - Mar 27, 2013 at 1:50 AM

        my apologies but does it matter?

  5. ragpappy - Mar 26, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    If you watch Avalanche games you will know Giguere is speaking the truth, this is a good system….

    If the year was 2001….

    What a waste of talent on this team by having a coach who plays a medieval system

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