Originally posted on Fox - The Hockey Guy  |  Last updated 11/22/11

The Colorado Avalanche hockey operation a mess. Every move general manager Greg Sherman makes seems to turn to muck.Last season he made a big play for former first overall pick Erik Johnson, getting the puck-rushing defenseman, center Jay McClement and a first-round pick from the Blues for power forward Chris Stewart, defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk and a second-round pick.Johnson has no goals, nine assists and a minus-12 rating in 21 games for Colorado this season. His change of scenery did not inspire him to reach his full potential. The Blues wouldn’t trade Shattenkirk (two goals, 10 assists, plus-8 this season) even up to get him back. Last season Sherman traded goaltender Craig Anderson to Ottawa for Brian Elliott, then let Elliott walk as a free agent. Elliott is 7-1 with a 1.43 ERA in St. Louis and Anderson is 9-6-1 for the surprising Senators.Sherman spent a first- and second-round pick to get goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who was threatening to return to Russia after falling out of favor in Washington. Varlamov has given up 22 goals while losing his last five starts.The Avalanche earned a whopping six points in their first 10 games this season, driving fans out of the Pepsi Center in droves. Denver Post columnist Dave Krieger suggested former Avs star Joe Sakic is ready to take change of the front office and do what needs to be done. Sakic has been an executive in training with the Avalanche, at the behest of owner Stan, er, Josh Kroenke. Given the team's sad state of affairs, perhaps its time to speed up his development.

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