According to the Colorado Avalanche’s team president, Josh Kroenke, general manager Joe Sakic is not going anywhere despite the worst season of the salary-cap era in 2016-17.
“Joe’s leash hasn’t changed at all,” Kroenke said Wednesday when asked if Sakic’s leash has been shortened, according to Terry Frei of the Denver Post. “Nobody wants to get the Avalanche back to where they were, where we all expect them to be, more than Joe Sakic.
“We’re going to continue to give him every resource at his disposal. … At the end of the day, Joe wants what’s best for the Colorado Avalanche. Whether that’s him in his current role or something else, it doesn’t matter.”
Sakic has been in charge of the team’s personnel decisions since 2013 and since then the team has taken a nosedive. This year they only managed to earn 48 points! Completely unacceptable, but Kroenke is taking certain factors into account such as head coach Patrick Roy’s abrupt August resignation and the many injuries to players such as Erik Johnson and goaltender Semyon Varlamov.
It will be interesting to see whether Colorado will keep nosediving or if they will finally increase their points next season and perform to expectations.