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Vegas trip secured: Avs eliminated

Apr 14, 2013, 11:14 PM EDT

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With the Detroit Red Wings’ victory over the Nashville Predators tonight, the Colorado Avalanche have been mathematically eliminated from the playoff hunt.

That means the Las Vegas trip that Avalanche goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere ripped some of his teammates over before apologizing is safe to buy tickets for. The Avalanche can win as much as they want and it won’t impact their vacation plans.

The obvious question in Colorado is what happens now. The vast majority of the 2013 squad is already signed through the 2013-14 campaign. So short of a series of trades, the players will be largely the same.

Maybe that’s not such a bad thing. Colorado has now missed the playoffs for three straight seasons, but the Avalanche have a young and developing core that might not be far from competing.

Perhaps the more immediate question is whether or not head coach Joe Sacco should get another chance. The Avalanche haven’t exactly gotten results during most of his tenure, but they’ve also been a rebuilding team through much of his time behind the bench.

Still some strongly believe that Sacco should be fired. Regardless, it will be a long off-season for the Avalanche.

  1. tru2joelu4eva - Apr 15, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    this whole season was a complete embarrassment. i’m not usually one to encourage the mass firing of personnel but never in my life have I been ashamed to be an avs fan. this franchise needs to experience a serious backlash from its fans.

    • jhuck92 - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:27 AM

      do you think it’s better than a locked-out season?

      • tru2joelu4eva - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:53 AM

        yes because of the lottery pick

  2. acorp11 - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Lets go get Seth Jones and fire Sacco. Move Stastny. Or Duchene while his stock is at it’s highest. We have a strong core and a talented core. As well as lots of help in the system (Hishon, Siemens etc). This team will push for a playoff spot next year. And the burgundy and blue will be once again worn with pride. Go Avs!

    • ron05342 - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      You don’t know hockey if you are saying move Stastny or Duchene. These guys are core players for the future.

      Go back to your fantasy league…trades there don’t mean anything.

      • tfaltin - Apr 15, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        Also false. Duchene should not be considered in a trade, he’s a budding star first line center. Stastny? He’s the third best center on the team and does not fit the profile of a 3rd line center. He could be a good trade chip, possibly for defensive depth. O’Reilly, Duchene, and Landeskog are the core of this team moving forward.

  3. ron05342 - Apr 15, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    This is a pretty funny title and article. I heard about this Giguire melt-down last week. Kudos to PHT for once again reminding us of this Avs folly.

  4. kingsforever - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Statsny, the Team Canada reject that decided to play for USA….yeah trade him

  5. dolphincult - Apr 15, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    They need to move someone for a top 4 dman so I would say Statsny is the odd man out. But more importantly fire the coach. This team is ill prepared and unmotivated on a regular basis. They definitely do not have his back and I would say they as a group are begging for a change based on the effort level

  6. thehighcountrybear - Apr 15, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

    How I wish that there were more
    Than the twenty-four hours in the day
    ‘Cause even if there were forty more
    I wouldn’t sleep a minute away
    Oh, there’s black jack and poker and the roulette wheel
    A fortune won and lost on every deal
    All you need’s a strong heart and a nerve of steel

    Viva Las Vegas, Viva Las Vegas

  7. multiplemiggs - Apr 15, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    ummmm I think he meant worried about their trip to Vegas in regards the NHL awards ceremony, not an actual vacation booked during the playoffs….

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