Sakic says there was ‘never any animosity’ between Avs and O’Reilly

“There was never any animosity between us this whole time. Any of the perceived animosity came from the outside.” That was Joe Sakic today, to the Denver Post, after the Avalanche and Ryan O’Reilly agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract, avoiding a potentially nasty arbitration hearing in the process. Sakic, Colorado’s executive VP of hockey ops, also said the Avs want...
Via Pro Sports Daily
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche Are Older But Better With Iginla, Briere

#492463053 / Colorado Avalanche Executive Vice President Joe Sakic understands winning, he also understands leadership. The once-prolific scorer was the captain of both the 1996 and 2001 Stanley Cup champion Avalanche. Add to that the fact that he’s won an Olympic gold medal and numerous individual awards such as the Conn Smythe trophy, the Hart trophy as well...
Via Beyond The Benches
14 hours ago  |  Discuss

Why Did The Avs Pass On Brendan Lemieux?

Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic have known Claude Lemieux's son Brendan since he sat in the Stanley Cup as a three-month-old baby in 1996.  Brendan's dad remains good friends with Roy and Sakic to this day. Lemieux (left wing with 27 goals, 26 assists and 53 points for the OHL's Barrie Colts last season) had made it clear that Colorado was his first choice, and it seemed...
Via Kukla's Korner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche won't repeat the Paul Stastny situation

Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy have learned their lesson. I'm convinced they never again will allow a coveted player to remain with the team beyond the trading deadline if he can be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. They did that with Paul Stastny ... and they got burned. It's very clear — and this will affect Ryan O'Reilly, among others, moving forward — that Sakic...
Via Pro Sports Daily
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche a team worth moving for

Denver is a pretty nice place to live. Whether a fan of seasons—summer and winter are popular—or mountains or even marijuana, colorful Colorado has plenty to offer both newcomers and natives alike. There used to be a time when this was enough of a selling point to attract big name players to local sports clubs. The days when the dominant Colorado Avalanche could land Paul Kariya...
Via Mile High Sports
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jarome Iginla hopes to follow in Ray Bourque's Avalanche footsteps

He comes to Colorado via Boston, in search of his first Stanley Cup after nearly two decades in the NHL. He is considered one of the game's classiest players, which makes it hard not to root for him as a sentimental favorite. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy will help try to get him that first Cup. This is the story line for Jarome Iginla, almost identical to the one Ray Bourque had...
Via Pro Sports Daily
17 days ago  |  Discuss

A ‘Banner’ Year For Jarome Iginla In Colorado?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs, He comes to Colorado via Boston, in search of his first Stanley Cup after nearly two decades in the NHL. He is considered one of the game's classiest players, which makes it hard not to root for him as a sentimental favorite. Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy will help try to get him that first Cup. This is the story line for Jarome Iginla...
Via Kukla's Korner
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche executive Joe Sakic shifts attention to Ryan O'Reilly deal

Is there still hope the Avalanche can sign Ryan O'Reilly to a long-term contract and he won't go to arbitration? While it seems unlikely, based on the history between the sides, that remains the goal of Joe Sakic, the Avs' executive vice president of hockey operations. "We're going to focus on getting Ryan signed," Sakic said. "We want Ryan to be here...
Via Pro Sports Daily
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Sakic on not acquiring a top defenseman: 'I'm not disappointed it didn't happen'

The Colorado Avalanche made several moves during the opening of free agency including signing Jarome Iginla, trading for Daniel Briere and losing scoring forward Paul Stastny. General manager Joe Sakic told The Denver Post on Wednesday he was happy with the transactions the team made, although they did not get one of the top free agent defenseman the team needed most. "I&...
Via Pro Sports Daily
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Despite losing Stastny, Avs poised for big year

Once considered a worst case scenario with little chance of actually coming to fruition, a bad dream became a reality on Tuesday when Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny opted to take money elsewhere, leaving the Avalanche for potentially greener pastures. The move was surprising to some, most of whom had believed Stastny when he previously said he was willing to take a hometown...
Via Mile High Sports
20 days ago  |  Discuss

Highlights from Joe Sakic conference call

Colorado Avalanche executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic addressed the media via conference call on Wednesday regarding recent moves by the club both through trade and free agent signings. Below is the audio of the call as well as select quotes and statements. Colorado signs veteran Iginla, extends Holden [View the story "Joe Sakic conference call" on...
Via Mile High Sports
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Paul Stastny update: Avs still in mix; Dallas Stars reportedly join suitors

I’ll keep this brief: All I can really report, on the meeting between Joe Sakic and Paul Stastny’s agent, Matt Keator, today is this: the sides are still talking and will continue to talk into the weekend. I’m not going to make any predictions ON how this ends up. To me, it’s a fluid situation that probably not even the people in the actual room doing the talking know how...
Via Pro Sports Daily
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche draft Conner Bleackley 23rd overall

Unlike last year, the Colorado Avalanche had to wait as other clubs selected first during the 2014 NHL Entry Draft in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. That speaks to the incredible rebound of a season that the Avs had following the first overall pick at the draft just 365 days ago. Choosing 23rd, Colorado watched as the big ticket names were gobbled up until there seemed to be the perfect...
Via Mile High Sports
25 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Hockey Hall of Fame: Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano

The NHL announced Monday that Rob Blake, Peter Forsberg, Dominik Hasek and Mike Modano will be members of the Hockey Hall of Fame class of 2014. Voted in as builders were former NHL coach Pat Burns and former NHL referee Bill McCreary. The inductees will be honored on Nov. 10 at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. Hasek won the Vezina Trophy six times in his 16-year NHL...
Via Sports-Glory
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

The Latest On Paul Stastny And Ryan O’Reilly

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post, The Avalanche wants Paul Stastny and Ryan O'Reilly to be part of the team for several years to come, but only if they agree to fit in with the team's salary structure. That was the main message to come out of a news conference Thursday at the Pepsi Center in which team executives Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy laid out their vision...
Via Kukla's Korner
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs have hands full with O’Reilly, Stastny

The Colorado Avalanche has a busy few weeks ahead of it. The club is nominated for four individual honors—three of which are a sure thing—at the NHL Awards next week in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2014 NHL Entry Draft is the following weekend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the free agent market opens up officially on July 1st. Even with all of that on the schedule, only two people...
Via Mile High Sports
June 19, 2014  |  Discuss

One year in and Roy has Avalanche on right track

It was nearly a year ago that the Colorado Avalanche franchise made perhaps the biggest change of the last decide, bringing in former legend Patrick Roy to coach the bottom-feeding organization. A perennial loser, the Avs were at the tail end of a front office makeover that saw Eric and Pierre Lacroix exit in favor of Josh Kroenke, Joe Sakic, and Roy. The only certainty at the time...
Via Mile High Sports
May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Varlamov finally the goalie of Colorado’s future

When Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy took charge of the marooned Colorado Avalanche franchise, the were immediate questions about the role of Semyon Varlamov in the plans of the two local legends. Varlamov cost a the club a lot—first and second round picks—to acquire in the trade with the Washington Capitals and he wanted one thing: to be the starting goaltender. Washington couldn’t...
Via Mile High Sports
May 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche exec. Joe Sakic admits Roy most responsible for playoff birth

DENVER, Colo. — On the eve of the Colorado Avalanche’s first playoff series since 2009/10, president of hockey operations Joe Sakic admits there is one major factor that has contributed to the turn-around of the Avs this season — head coach and Hall of Famer, Patrick Roy. Sakic, who was hired as the Avs president of hockey operations in May, has made it a major goal of his...
Via Universal Takeover Sports Network
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Wild, Avalanche amped up for Game 1 of playoff series

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Patrick Roy finished his Hall of Fame goaltending career in heartbreaking fashion as the Colorado Avalanche lost to Minnesota on an overtime goal in Game 7 of the 2003 postseason. Perhaps it's only fitting then that Roy begins his first playoff series behind the bench against the Wild, with Game 1 on Thursday night at Pepsi Center. "Am I nervous? I say...
Via Fox Sports North
April 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Joe Sakic says talks ongoing but no trade imminent

After the Avalanche game-morning skate in the United Center on Tuesday, Colorado center Paul Stastny patiently answered the same types of questions he has been hearing for days as the Wednesday 1 p.m. trading deadline approaches. First, Stastny — whose $33 million, five-year contract is up after this season — emphasized he hadn't spoken with his agent, Matt Keator, in the...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

A New Culture In Colorado

from Pat Pickens of the New York Times, It was 12:30 p.m. last Thursday, and the Wells Fargo Center’s janitorial staff was mopping the concourses and seating areas before that night’s game between the Flyers and the Colorado Avalanche. A few of the workers noticed a pickup game on the arena’s ice. Although many team officials would have been using that time to prepare...
Via Kukla's Korner
February 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Rick Sadowski: Sakic on Varlamov's new deal: He's as valuable as any NHL player

Follow @RickS7 !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+'://';fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document, 'script', 'twitter-wjs'); Needless to say, Joe Sakic is quite happy...
Via HockeyBuzz
January 31, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs sign Semyon Varlamov to 5-year extension

The Colorado Avalanche have signed goaltender Semyon Varlamov to a five-year extension that goes through the 2018-19 season. The 25-year-old Varlamov is thriving under first-year coach and Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy, posting a 26-9-5 record with a 2.43 goals-against average. He's second in the league in saves (1,199) this season and his 26 wins already match a career...
Via AP on Fox
January 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Is It Really “Going To Be Fun” In Buffalo?

from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet, LaFontaine seems like a bright guy and he may have a bright future, but he’s hardly been put in a position to succeed here. It almost certainly would have been more beneficial to first give him a chance to get comfortable in a lower-profile role like Joe Sakic, Steve Yzerman and a slew of other former players did. The timing of the move...
Via Kukla's Korner
November 15, 2013  |  Discuss
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