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Avalanche fire Joe Sacco

Apr 28, 2013, 1:41 PM EST

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Joe Sacco’s run as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche is over.

The team announced they’ve relieved Sacco of his head coaching duties after four years on the job and after yet another disappointing season, the writing was on the wall.

In his tenure as the Avs bench boss, Sacco took the team to the postseason just once during his first season on the job in 2009-10 as the team piled up 95 points in the standings and lost to San Jose in six games in the first round.

Since then it’s been nothing but mediocrity as they’ve missed the playoffs in three straight seasons. The Avs have put up the second-worst record in the league in two of those years.

Sacco’s record in Colorado tops out at 130-134-14 and now he’ll head to Finland and Sweden to coach Team USA in the World Championships. The Avalanche have not announced a replacement as of yet and Sacco may not be the only one out the door as GM Greg Sherman could soon follow.

  1. acorp11 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    If theirs a god, Sherman will follow him out the door and Roy and Sakic will come through that door!

    • ravenscaps48 - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Insert Guy Boucher

  2. capsrockva - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Guarantee that Sherman is next trading away 2 picks for Varly will be his downfall

  3. proudliberal85392 - Apr 28, 2013 at 1:57 PM

    No surprise at all. Friday night against Phoenix, the Avs looked clueless. The only reason Colorado won was because the Yotes looked clueless and uninterested.

  4. gbar22 - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Lindy ruff will end up here I feel like and don’t be shocked if miller does too

  5. deezenucks - Apr 28, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Teams would be crazy not to jump on Ruff. Avalanche got the leg up by having the first opening. I’d be interviewing him this afternoon.

  6. polegojim - Apr 28, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    VERY sadly… we ALL knew Sacco was NOT the right guy for this job… immediately upon hire.

    Sacco is a decent coach and man… but not NHL HC, at least at this time.

    Yes Sherman should quickly follow… all his chest beating about ‘direction’ and ‘quality’ decisions… is crap. Right behind him should be Pierre’s son.

    No more weak choices. Get a qualified HC in Denver. Just do it.

  7. joejacks - Apr 28, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    Ruff will be new coach by end of week. Go Avs!!!

    Sherman too deserves to be let go. Let Sakic and Roy assemble a new dominant team.

  8. ducksk - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:31 AM

    Pepe lepeau, Sherman, Billington all need to go. Front office is a big joke and everyone in hockey knows it.

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