Change at the head of the Avalanche

Avalanche Head Change

BETTING À DAY

Former forward Joe Sakic will no longer wear the Colorado Avalanche general manager hat, as he will instead find himself president of hockey operations, while his assistant Chris MacFarland will be promoted to the role of GM .

So said Sportsnet hockey expert Elliotte Friedman on Monday. According to him, the organization did not want to lose MacFarland to opposing teams and did not allow him to be interviewed by them.

The 52-year-old New Yorker was hired by the “Avs” to act as assistant to the GM in May 2015. He therefore helped the club rise to Stanley Cup champion status by helping oversee the development of important players like Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog.

For his part, Sakic has just won the Jim-Gregory Trophy, awarded to the GM par excellence in the National Hockey League. Colorado clinched its first championship since 2000-01 after finishing second overall in the regular season.