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Colorado housecleaning continues, VP Lacroix leaves organization

Apr 28, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

Eric Lacroix, Joe Sakic Getty Images

Joe Sacco’s firing in Colorado was apparently the first step to be taken towards improving the Avalanche organization.

Adrian Dater of The Denver Post reports the team’s vice president of hockey operations, Eric Lacroix, has left the team following Sacco’s firing. Team president Pierre Lacroix, Eric’s father, and GM Greg Sherman are still employed.

After seeing the team fall to second-to-last in the NHL for the second time in three years, changes were due to occur. Sacco being fired is the least surprising move to be made, but it’s clear now there may be more moves on the way. Those working in the Avs front office might not want to answer the phone for a few days.

Rumors over who might land Sacco’s job range from Lindy Ruff to Guy Boucher to Patrick Roy. That’s quite the smorgasbord of names to choose from.

  1. windmiller4 - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    About time, now maybe they can become a relevant organization again.

    • polegojim - Apr 28, 2013 at 9:38 PM

      Yes miller… no kidding! I called it this morning… but happened must faster than even I thought it would… but not soon enough.

      Sorry Eric… the results speak for themselves. Best Wishes on the next opportunity.

  2. gaborik104life - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    Best tip to keeping your job- shut the cell phones, cancel the email accounts, unplug the house phones, sell the houses, go into hiding, and show up next year like acting normal.

  3. avscanes - Apr 28, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    its about time. too much young talent to be this low in the standings. Sherman should be next

  4. dumbassgreg - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    they need to have guts to do what oilers are afraid too. get rid of the brownnosers we do this this way because we always have gang. bring in some people with different ideas. lacroix knows walmart love brownosers so he will survive.most corporate guys love having brownnosers around to tell how smart they are lmao

  5. thehighcountrybear - Apr 28, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    Wait, I see, I see…

    Patrick Roy tuning-up his résumé for the general manager’s job…

    [ note to self: leave the boys at home under custodial care, move to Denver, make the media yearn for the charm of John Tortorella and the logic of Ilya Bryzgalov, then make Avalanche respectable again ]

    Or, are the Avalanche clearing-out the french connection altogether…

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:02 PM

      Saint Patrick is a very good choice. Though I hate the man he is, and on was on the ice for his shenanigans, he was a great player/winner and proved he can build a winning team in the junior league. Give him a chance to build something with some of the other ex AVs/Nords, and one of his best friends in Pierre Lacroix. However, he may be next to go.

  6. canucks30 - Apr 28, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Sakic for GM, Roy for Coach

    • tuberippin - Apr 28, 2013 at 10:12 PM

      Sakic for GM eh? I bet that’ll work out, just like Nieuwendyk in Dal- waiiiit a second…

  7. slickdemetrius - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Roy will wait for the inevitable return of the mighty Quebec Nordiques for his coaching debut in my opinion.
    Should be any day now that Bettman announces his search for wealthy Eastern Europeans, Saudis and Russians to purchase the Coyotes has been unfruitful and a move to Quebec City. Perhaps Mr.Lacoix will join him there.

    • desertfan - Apr 29, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Sorry but the Quebec option is number 9.

      Seattle is numero uno and TO is way ahead of the separatists!!!

  8. yanks33 - Apr 29, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    Too bad it wasn’t Pierre Lacroix instead of Eric…ahh hell they can both hit the road aswell as Sherman

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