Lacroix Steps Down

According to various reports, General Manager Pierre Lacroix of the Colorado Avalanche has stepped down as GM, but will remain as President of the team. Ten years of great success, Lacroix will go down in history as one of the best general managers in the NHL. Keep the good memories with you Pierre, you earned great respect from me and hope yuo hire the right GM for the Avs!

Big question could arise, however. Will Joe Sakic stay?

20 Responses to Lacroix Steps Down

  1. wingerxxx says:

    I say Sakic stays. I can’t see him leaving the franchise unless they are absolutely squeezed by the cap. They also need to fit Blake in somehow as well.

    I don’t know if I can call Lacroix one of the best GM’s in history. One of the bravest, definitely. He was always good for the big splash trade, but not all of them worked out (Fleury, Kasparaitis). Although the trades for Bourque and Blake were pretty good ones in hindsight. But overall, I think he was good for his club, and knew when to let guys like Kamensky and Lefebvre go. The Avs were a very competitive club under him for a long time, and a couple of Stanley Cup rings is nothing to scoff at. His signings this year were not the disasters that I thought they would be…although Brisebois really stunk in the playoffs I thought. Since he is staying as team president, I don’t know how much Colorado’s overall strategy wil change, in terms of building their team. I think that the NHL is better off with Lacroix around.

  2. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    that truly does suck. easily one of the best gms in todays game he steps down. the big question is not will sakic stay he already said he will stay for less. its who is coming in for lacroix.

  3. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    That truly, truly sucks…

    I’d be more worried about Rob Blake, who’s agent has come out and said there will be a market for him, Sakic is an Av, through, and through.

  4. bakunin says:

    i bet patrick roy will be the next avs coach and GM

  5. BunchOfLies says:

    One of the best GMs ? you kidding right ??

    He inherited a team built by its predecessor, did lots of bad drafts & bad trades, and got rids of a fwe 1st pick to get his 2 Stanley Cups.

    Seriously, besides the Roy trade…

    Oh yeah I forgot, the Roy trade #2… an injured Theodore having the worst season of his career…

  6. lukeleim says:

    your an idiot… id say a few first rounders is worth two stanely cups, and i know a lot of people would agree… its not like they had a terrible season this year, and id pretty much garentee they’ll be in it next year.

  7. wheresthesoda says:

    you cant call any trade a bad trade if it gets you 2 cups

  8. zane says:

    Lacroix was a great GM….He did more then most of them did in 10 years… Prolly most of you’s were leafs fan who posted this ….but Look At there last coach/gm ….Quinn suxed he got guys that are old as hell….and he still was great in ppls eyes.

  9. djstoop_id says:

    I agree. The team was loaded with talent. LOADED. anybody who watched the Nordiques play back knew how good this team was gonna be.

    But then, the whole org was dismembered piece by piece.

    He stole Roy, that’s right. And that’s a great accomplishment in itself. But anybody claiming that he’s the reason why the team won two cups is clearly dellusional.

  10. BunchOfLies says:

    Sure I am, everyonw knows Theodore’s ready for the Vez…

  11. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    yet you look in the playoffs he played solid enough to keep the team in it. the team let him down. all he needed was a change of scenery and now hes back.

  12. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    tanguay and hejduk huh bad drafts liles wolski bad drafts? built by its predecessor huh? what are you talking about he got bourque he got roy he got all those veterans for the 96 run he got blake.

    think before you speak.

  13. JeffBurnz09 says:

    Saves the Avs the trouble of firing him for the Theodore trade.

    I like Theodore, and I’d like to see him turn it around and get back on track….but who trades their #1 goalie for a guy who’s hurt and having a terrible, terrible season? I hate it when GMs are planning to leave at the end of the season, makes you wonder if that’s a deal he’d have done if he knew he’d be around next year.

  14. hockey_expert1 says:

    Pierre Lacroix was good for building a Cup contending team, but in trying to do that for over a decade he’s traded way too many prospects away and the team’s future looks bleak. It’s time for the Avs to start rebuilding and he’s not the right man for the job. Good luck Avs fans. You’ve got a tough couple of years ahead of you.

  15. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    he was hoping luck would strike twice. that did work out pretty good. if you look at the playoffs when we needed theodore he played solid enough most times that if colorado used that #4 ranked offence in the league we should still be playing but they didnt.

  16. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    future is good enough to build around all they have to do is lock up tanguay long term. wolski,stoa,boychuck,liles,richardson, they have enough to build around.

  17. goalieman32 says:

    colorado has the 23rd ranked prospect group in the league. boychuck isnt that good and neither is stoa or richardson. i have heard a lot about the magnificent john michael liles but he has shown me nothing. wolski had a spectacular first game but dissapeared after that. with little in the way of defencive prospects and not many potent offencive prospects,what can they do. many of the better players are older, like sakic and blake, and wont be around much longer. with the poor system that they have and the aging stars, the future aint bright.

  18. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    wolski won whl mvp. liles had about 40 points as a sophmore d man. boychuck is pretty damn good richardson is starting to come into his own and stoa was a consensus top 15 pick in his draft but slipped a bit and the avs got him. they will draft and keep there stars around

  19. goalieman32 says:

    wolski may have won whl mvp, but that means little at the pro level. he lacks tremendously in the d end and has the tendency to dissapear, just like the playoffs. correct me if i am wrong but wasnt he a healthy sctratch for game 4. boychuck is too inconsistent. richardson is injury prone. there has to be a reason that stoa slipped that far. liles has not impressed me at all. his stats are simply inflated due to playing with blake, which will probably change next year. the avs dont have solid goaltending and few prospects beyond the ones that you have mentioned. the so called stars that they do have they will not be able to hold on to because of the wonderful gm job that lacroix did, spending a very large portion of money on theodore, turgeon, breisois?, and the like. the team is old and doesnt have much in the way of next-gen talent. listen to hockey_expert1 when he says that the teams future looks bleak. with all of the talent increasing in the west and colorado falling behind, i wouldnt be supprised if they dont make the playoffs next year.

  20. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    liles played with clark. richardson is injury prone? what reason for stoa? wolski is also a rookie not all rookies start out like ovechking right away. turgeon and brisebois are 3 million combind about and theodore is starting to prove me right.

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