The Colorado Avalanche did not wait long after their disappointing season came to a close to make some changes and it started with head coach Joe Sacco who was fired by the club.
The Avs missed the playoffs for the third straight season and were never really competitive to make the postseason this year finishing with a record of 16-25-7 and sitting dead last in the western conference.
According to TSN.ca, Sacco leaves Colorado after four seasons with a record of 130-134-30 and has one year left on his contract.
Sacco took the reins in Colorado back in 2009 when Tony Granato was fired and Sacco instantly found success guiding the Avs to the playoffs. Sacco was also nominated for the Jack Adams award for NHL Coach of the Year. Things looked promising in the Mile High City. But alas that one-year success didn’t translate into long-term sustainability, missing the postseason the following three years.
For the Avs, their focus now, along with finding a new head coach is on the draft lottery where they will have the chance to win the first overall pick. Only the Florida Panthers finished with a worse record than the Avalanche leaving both clubs with an opportunity to bolster their roster with some promising young talent.
The NHL Draft Lottery is set for Monday night at 8pm EST and will be aired on TSN.