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Sakic has Avs trending up after two straight playoff seasons

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Back in his Colorado Avalanche playing days, Joe Sakic’s approach was pretty much title or bust. As the team’s general manager, a similar feeling is beginning to develop. Sakic and the Avalanche took a little time for reflection following a Game 7 loss to San Jose in the second round. That page has been turned. The Hall of Fame player turned executive has his full focus on improving a team that’s been to the postseason in back-to-back seasons for the first time since he was on the ice. High on Sakic’s to-do list: A deal for restricted free agent Mikko Rantanen and preparing for the draft, where the Avs possess the fourth overall pick (courtesy of Ottawa) and the 16th selection. There’s also a multit ...
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