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I recently attended an Avalanche game where they were shut out by the Vancouver Canucks by a score of 3-0.
Throughout this game there were a lot of issues with the Avalanche.
They looked absolutely lost on the ice quite frequently. Players running into other players, people not knowing who to pick up in the defensive zone or players just skating away from a loose puck figuring that somebody else was going to get it.
All of this is a direct reflection, in my opinion, of the coaching staff.
The Avalanche seem to not have an identity as a team, something that Joe Sacco has mentioned a lot lately, and has been able to do nothing about.
Joe Sacco's doghouse seems to be his only way of telling players to play better where he will either take them out of the lineup or send them to the fourth line and expect them to play their way out.
Players stopped responding to that a long time ago.
Then there is Sylvain Lefebvre, who is in charge of defensive pairing and the penalty kill.
The numbers of the penalty kill speak for themselves, and it seems that the defenders have no idea what Lefebvre wants them to do as they are constantly out of position.
Some of the onus definitely needs to be placed on the players for not performing well, but the fact is that the coaching staff is completely incapable of fixing it.
This coaching staff has run its course. The Avalanche need a coach that is capable of giving the team an identity and making it stick.
Sacco and crew have this team lost. Somebody needs to help them find themselves before the season is a completely lost cause.
Kevin Goff is a Featured Columnist for the Colorado Avalanche and NHL on Bleacher Report. For more NHL news and discussion,