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Joe Sakic | Center

Team: Colorado Avalanche
Age / DOB:  (48) / 7/7/1969
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 195
Drafted: 1987 / Rd. 1 (15) / Que

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Even measured against the big winning streaks Joe Sakic was in over his playing career, the current Avalanche GM feels Colorado's recent 10-game winning streak was the best he's seen.
"When I was playing we had a lot of streaks, whether they were in a row or here and there — really good stretches," Sakic said. "But I don’t remember a streak like that where we never trailed. We had some streaks, but not like that. So it was pretty impressive. We only trailed 1:34 in 10 games and there wasn’t any game where near the end of the game you had to come back. We were always tied or in the lead. So credit the guys. They got on a hot streak and they believed — and a lot of good came out of it." The question now is how the Avalanche will do now that the momentum from that streak is gone. Following their 10 straight wins, the Avalanche lost two straight before entering the All-Star break. Winning 10 straight put them in the playoff picture, but of course now they need to battle hard to maintain that spot. Jan 28 - 5:34 AM
Source: Denver Post

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By staying firm throughout the summer and early fall, Joe Sakic received a hefty package in return for disgruntled center Matt Duchene.

Sakic was left with little choice other than to trade Duchene, who notched 70 points in 2014. Duchene was clearly unhappy playing in burgundy and blue, leaving many to believe Sakic would have to take a less-than-desirable package for a speedy pivot. Nonetheless, the Avs came away with three draft picks, including a first rounder, a strong 19-year-old offensive defenseman in Samuel Girard, a 21-year-old with top-six forward potential in Vladislav Kamenev, another speedy forward with talent in Shane Bowers and a depth goaltender in Andrew Hammond. Altogether, it would be difficult to say this is not a win for Sakic.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 08:22:00 PM

The Colorado Avalanche will reportedly move their AHL team to Colorado in 2018-19.

The Colorado Eagles currently play in the ECHL, but according to Mike Chambers of the Denver Post, they'll move up to the AHL after this upcoming season. The Avs' current minor-league affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, will become the affiliate of the St. Louis Blues in 2018-19, so Chambers' report definitely makes sense.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 08:58:00 PM

Avalanche team president Josh Kroenke still believes GM Joe Sakic is the right man for the job.

"Joe's leash hasn't changed at all. Nobody wants to get the Avalanche back to where they were, where we all expect them to be, more than Joe Sakic," said Kroenke. "We're going to continue to give him every resource at his disposal and I'm going to help him in any ways he sees that I can. 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. Joe Sakic is committed to making the Avalanche better." Still, there should be changes elsewhere after he called Colorado's 48-point season "unacceptable."
Source: Denver Post
Thu, May 4, 2017 09:34:00 AM

Joe Sakic was upbeat despite the Colorado Avalanche losing the draft lottery.

Colorado had the worst record in the NHL in 2016-17, but the lottery produced the worst case scenario for the Avalanche, so they were reduced to the fourth overall pick. "I don’t think it’s a setback," Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. "When you’re picking one to four, you’re going to get a good player. We had 18 percent, we knew there was just as good a chance of not being picked (in any of the three lotteries), and that’s how it turned out." The only real silver lining for the Avalanche is that it's believed this draft doesn't contain a player of the caliber of Connor McDavid or Austin Matthews, so the Avalanche didn't just lose out on a generational player if the projections prove to be accurate. Still, it has to be disappointing to lose the draft after such a difficult season.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Apr 30, 2017 01:40:00 PM

Joe Sakic says he'll be thinking about his team's long-term outlook when he discusses trades with other GMs.

The Avalanche have been terrible this season and it's no surprise that they will be looking to stockpile draft picks and young players in any trade they make. "The only thing I’m going to do is what helps this franchise down the line," Sakic said. "We’re not going to be looking to doing anything for just this year. When we talk trades with different teams, I’m looking at the future. That’s where we have to go. We have to get younger. We have some good young guys that hopefully can make the next step in the next year or two and that’s the direction we’re doing. We’re trying to build this up."
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Jan 7, 2017 11:20:00 AM

The Colorado Avalanche will likely name a new head coach this week.

The Avalanche are looking for a new bench boss because Patrick Roy quit earlier this month. Some of the reported candidates are Lake Erie head coach Jared Bednar, Utica head coach Travis Green, Chicago assistant Kevin Dineen, Washington assistant Lane Lambers, Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel and San Jose assistant Bob Boughner. A decision could come as soon as Wednesday, according to beat writer Mike Chambers.
Tue, Aug 23, 2016 09:13:00 PM

Joe Sakic and the Avalanche are reportedly interested in at least four candidates to take over the team's coaching duties.

According to the Denver Post, those candidates are Lake Erie head coach Jared Bednar, Utica head coach Travis Green, Washington Capitals assistant Lane Lambert and New York Rangers associate coach Scott Arniel. Because of the unique situation they're in (looking for a head coach in August), the Avalanche will have to speed up the hiring process. Click the link below to find out a little more about each of these four candidates.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 04:47:00 PM

Joe Sakic and his staff are slated to meet Saturday to go over possible coaching candidates.

"We're going to put a group of candidates together and then start the interview process," Sakic said. "As you can probably all understand, this caught us all off guard. There's no timetable. Obviously, we'd like to have it done before training camp. But we want to interview quite a few people and see who we all feel is the best fit." He isn't considering one of the team's assistants
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Aug 13, 2016 05:44:00 PM

Colorado "will begin the search for a new head coach immediately," according to Avalanche executive vice president and GM Joe Sakic.

"Patrick informed me of his decision today," said Sakic referring to Roy's abrupt decision to resign from the team as head coach and vice-president of hockey operations. "We appreciate all he has done for our organization and wish him the best of luck in the future."
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 03:49:00 PM

The Colorado Avalanche have inked an affiliation agreement with the ECHL's Colorado Eagles.

"We are looking forward to the start of this new relationship with the Eagles," Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. "We feel this will be the right environment for some of our prospects to play." The Avalanche were previously affiliated with the Fort Wayne (Ind.) Komets, but naturally this will place their ECHL partner closer to home.
Source: Denver Post
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 09:46:00 PM

Don't expect the Colorado Avalanche to make headlines on July 1.

"We’re not going to be looking that day," Avalanche GM Joe Sakic said. "As the summer goes on, we’ll see what good fits are. But on the July 1, don’t expect us to go after any big long-term deals. Within our own, we’re going to discuss what we have within, but outside on July 1 we’re not going to go after a big splash." In other words, Colorado isn't likely to chase after the top UFA players in this year's market, but once the dust settles and prices go down, Sakic will look for upgrades. The Avalanche are in a healthy cap position though, which would help them on the trade market if they choose to go that route.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Jun 17, 2016 04:32:00 PM

Joe Sakic believes it's time for Colorado's players to find a way to win.

The Avs have just three wins in the first 10 games of the season, and that clearly isn't good enough. "Everybody knows. We all watch the same thing. You all know who's struggling. It's time for the players to find a way to win hockey games. There are no excuses." Colorado currently sits in last place in the Central division with seven points.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Nov 1, 2015 09:45:00 AM

The Colorado Avalanche alumni will be taking on the Detroit Red Wings alumni as part of the NHL's Stadium Series in February.

Colorado and Detroit will play a regular season game at Coors Field in Colorado on February 27th, but on the 26th the alumni from both teams will go head-to-head. "We have had an outstanding rivalry with the Red Wings during those years," Sakic said in a release. "We are looking forward to experiencing this grand outdoor setting and a special weekend of hockey in Denver." Some of the more notable names playing in the game will include: Joe Sakic, Patrick Roy, Peter Forsberg and Rob Blake for Colorado, while Chris Chellios, Brendan Shanahan, Nicklas Lidstrom and Igor Larionov will suit up for the Wings.
Source: Denver Post
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 09:29:00 AM

Joe Sakic admitted that Ryan O'Reilly's contract demands forced the team to trade him away, but he's happy with the way the Avalanche look going into 2015-16.

"It was clear to me we weren’t going to get to where the numbers were. We had a chance to acquire Carl Soderberg, who was high on our list, as a replacement. Big body, real smart with the puck. He’ll be a great fit for us – he’s a good two-way player. And that allowed us to not worry about the center position and try to get a good young D. We really like the potential of Zadorov. He’s capable of being a solid, solid D for us here for the next 10 years. And we add Grigorenko; he played for Patrick Roy. He’s another (big) guy who’s 6-foot-3. His hockey IQ is really good and we can really use that on the power play. And then J.T. Compher, our guys really liked. He’s captain this year at Michigan. He’s a leader, a tenacious player who plays a 200-foot game."
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Jun 28, 2015 11:24:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nathan MacKinnon
2Alexander Kerfoot
3J.T. Compher
4Carl Soderberg
5Tyson Jost
6Dominic Toninato
LW1Gabriel Landeskog
2Sven Andrighetto
3Matt Nieto
4Gabriel Bourque
5Vladislav Kamenev
RW1Mikko Rantanen
2Nail Yakupov
3Colin Wilson
4Blake Comeau
D1Tyson Barrie
2Erik Johnson
3Samuel Girard
4Mark Barberio
5Patrik Nemeth
6Nikita Zadorov
7David Warsofsky
8Mark Alt
9Anton Lindholm
10Duncan Siemens
11Sergei Boikov
G1Jonathan Bernier
2Andrew Hammond
3Semyon Varlamov