For years, we have heard that the Avs have great "leadership." Though it didn't win a Cup, or even a Western Conference Final, this "leadership" was apparently very important.
Say goodbye to Ian Laperriere.
A heart-and-soul player, Lappy was one of the few guys on the team with a personality.
Joe Sakic could retire and follow Lappy's lead, while Adam Foote is liable to break his back every time he steps out for his morning skate.
With Lappy out of the picture, it doesn't do much good for Colorado's cap space. His contract was near the minimum.
The big winners:
Darcy Tucker and Cody McCormick.
You can never have enough third and fourth liners.
Wasn't that the motto last season?
Joe Sacco, a minor league coach with no NHL head coaching experience is stepping into a locker room full of old men and underage underperformers.
Sounds like a plan.