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Columnist: Avalanche coach Joe Sacco ‘dismissal should be expected’

Apr 10, 2013, 6:00 AM EDT

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If you’re a Colorado Avalanche fan, the end of this dismal 2013 season can’t come quick enough.

The Avalanche are dead last in the league by three points. Hopes of making a playoff run are completely gone and have been for some time, and frustration within the dressing room is starting to boil over.

See Jean-Sebastien Giguere‘s comments here, and the day-after reaction from his teammates here.

Then, late Tuesday evening, a strongly worded piece from Denver Post sports columnist Mark Kiszla was published online, essentially calling for not only head coach Joe Sacco to lose his job, but that a front office clean-up should also take place. Here’s an excerpt from his column (which can be read in its entirety here).

Yes, for starters, Sacco needs to worry about saving his job.

It should already be too late. With the Avs doomed to miss the playoffs for the third consecutive season in his four-year stint as coach, Sacco’s dismissal should be expected.

Of course, not everything wrong with the Avalanche is the fault of Sacco. A hose should be turned on to clean out the front office.

But when a team loses interest, it is an ugly condemnation of both the players and the coach hired to motivate them.

Perhaps it’s a good thing the Avalanche have only nine games remaining in the season.

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    This guy deserves to be fired, he has lot lost his team

  2. polegojim - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Just about the entire front office has lost interest, including Pierre. The one ‘fierce team builder’ has turned check casher and the nepotistic appointment of his WOEFULLY ineffective son is disgusting.

    Sherman says the right things for public print….but not much has changed under his watch.

    Turn on the hose and get some folks in there that are hungry for success.

  3. bcisleman - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    I’m guessing that PA wishes he’d extended with the Isles right about now.

    • jernster21 - Apr 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      I don’t know, he seems pretty cozy in his downtown loft once owned by Carmello Anthony. PA is almost 30, his chances of getting paid are numbered – can’t really blame him for leaving.

  4. atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    While its hard to argue with what he said here, as a Broncos fan who’s familiar with his work in the Denver Post I feel obligated to say it, Kiszla’s an idiot! His whole shtick is to say the most negative or outlandish things to try and get a response from the readers. Essentially he’s the bad cop to Woody Paige’s “awe shucks, everything is great always” good cop routine.

    Now with that out of the way, it’s hard to look at the Avalanche right now and disagree with the notion that they need to completely blow up the front office and coaching staff, if they had refused to match the O’Reilly offer sheet (and as a Flames fan I thank them for that!) they’d be sitting with two potentially top 3 picks right now, maybe I’m wrong but it seems to me that Jones, Drouin and MacKinnon all have much higher ceilings than O’Reilly….and to get two of them to go with the young players they have now…that team would be turned around quickly.

  5. dolphincult - Apr 10, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    In other news, water is wet

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