JOE SAKIC NEWS

Sakic officially named the GM

To prevent further confusion in their front office, the Colorado Avalanche made changes to the titles of some of their prominent personnel in the offseason. On their website, the team officially named Joe Sakic their general manager – a role that he already held in all but name. Sakic will also continue to hold the titles of vice-president of hockey operations and alternate governor...
Via Mile High Sports
2 hours ago  |  Discuss

Joe Sakic now has full GM title with Avalanche; Greg Sherman assistant GM

The Avs quietly changed the titles around a bit of Joe Sakic and Greg Sherman over the summer. Sakic retained his biggest title – executive vice president of hockey operations – but he now has the title of general manager with the Avs. Greg Sherman had the full title of general manager last season, which was always a bit awkward because he did not make the final call on hockey...
Via Pro Sports Daily
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

More Fans Needed At Avalanche Games

from Adrian Dater of The Denver Post, Unlike recent years, the Avalanche is a "cap team" again, one with a payroll coming close to the NHL's $69 million cap ceiling for the 2014-15 season. Under the ownership of the Kroenke family, led by Stan and son Josh, the Avs' cap-averaged payroll entering Wednesday was $67,279,762 — up about $15 million from the highest...
Via Kukla's Korner
1 day ago  |  Discuss

What to expect of Nathan MacKinnon in year two

Nathan MacKinnon has the whole world in his hand. He had a pretty good year, one might say. He was the first pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, joining a Colorado Avalanche outfit stocked with young talent and starting over with legends Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic running the show. MacKinnon also managed to bring […] The post What to expect of Nathan MacKinnon in year two appeared first on Two Pad Stack.
Via Two Pad Stack
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Colorado Avalanche Need To Think Of Success In The Playoffs

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post, Here's the Avalanche's biggest problem as veterans prepare to report for physicals Thursday: It's difficult to come out and declare that you don't want to be as successful in the regular season as you were a year ago. You can't really say that to your players, to your fans, to the media, to anyone. But if an adoption...
Via Kukla's Korner
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Avs Feel Like They Are Closing The Gap In The West

from Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, Less than a month shy of its preseason opener, the Avalanche is feeling stronger than it was a year ago. The toughness and depth gaps between the Avs and the Los Angeles Kings, defending Stanley Cup champions, along with the Western Conference giant Anaheim Ducks, seem to have diminished. Executive vice president of hockey operations...
Via Kukla's Korner
25 days ago  |  Discuss

How About A Steve Moore Night In Denver?

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post, Once a settlement is 100 percent confirmed, the Avalanche, which periodically honors its alumni, should schedule a Steve Moore Night during the 2014-15 season. Since Patrick Roy was hired as coach, he often has spoken of partnerships, including between the team and its fans. Moore played 12 games with the Avalanche in the final two seasons...
Via Kukla's Korner
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Sakic on RFA Barrie: ‘I’m confident he’ll be here’

The Colorado Avalanche are so close to having all their business wrapped up for the summer. The team has one restricted free agent left to re-sign in defenseman Tyson Barrie. At 23 years old, he’s got a bright future ahead of him and showed the Avs how vital he can be last season. According to Colorado’s president of hockey operations Joe Sakic, they’ll have Barrie back in...
Via Pro Sports Daily
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Joe Sakic On The Retirement Of Jean-Sebastien Giguere

DENVER – Colorado Avalanche Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic issued the following statement today regarding the retirement of goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere. "On behalf of the Colorado Avalanche, I would like to congratulate Jean-Sebastien on an outstanding hockey career.  His achievements speak for themselves, from winning the Stanley Cup to winning...
Via Kukla's Korner
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Avalanche finished 2013-14 with plenty to be happy about

Colorado’s playoff run was short-lived thanks to the Minnesota Wild, but it’s hard to look at the Avalanche’s 2013-14 campaign as anything but a success. In the lockout shortened season, the Avalanche finished with their worst record from a points percentage perspective since they moved to Colorado and they followed it up with the second best regular season in their franchise’s...
Via Pro Sports Daily
August 08, 2014  |  Discuss

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 Hockey Fan Land
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Avs ‘confident’ they’ll reach deal with Barrie, says Sakic

With the Ryan O’Reilly contract saga over, Colorado will now turn its attention to another key unsigned RFA — Tyson Barrie. Though to hear executive VP of hockey ops Joe Sakic explain it, Barrie’s negotiations should be smoother than O’Reilly’s. “I’m very confident we’ll get something done with Tyson,” Sakic said on Wednesday, per the Denver Post. Barrie, who...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

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
July 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Avalanche Are Older But Better With Iginla, Briere

#492463053 / gettyimages.com 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
July 23, 2014  |  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
July 07, 2014  |  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
July 06, 2014  |  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
July 06, 2014  |  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
July 04, 2014  |  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
July 03, 2014  |  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
July 02, 2014  |  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
June 28, 2014  |  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
June 28, 2014  |  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

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
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