The fans who hoped for real change at the top of the Colorado Avalanche front office have had their wishes granted.
Colorado Avalanche announced today that Josh Kroenke will be taking on the role of Team President while legendary Avalanche superstar Joe Sakic will be taking on the role of Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations. Pierre Lacroix will be around as an advisor after stepping down as president.
Sakic has expressed an interest at having a larger role in the Avalanche front office. He will take the role vacated by Eric Lacroix. Sakic comes in with a task of reforming the Avs team that finished second worst in the league and holds the first overall draft pick in the June 30 draft in New Jersey.
The first task ahead is finding and hiring a new head coach. Sakic said he is looking for a "passionate coach" to get the most out of the roster. Sakic said he believes in the roster and the players they have assembled.
Kroenke's role is perhaps a sign that the owners will take a more vested interest in the team, something the fans have previously criticized. Kroenke said Lacroix asked him to take a bigger role in the club but Kroenke was not ready and spent the better part of two years learning the role.
In one day the landscape of the Avalanche front office has changed and looks to finally have new people and new blood to accomplish the goals of the old team: win. Sakic, Kroenke and Sherman all stated that was the goal.