Ask most hockey people to name their favorite Russian and you'd probably hear a lot of responses like
The President of the Colorado Avalanche might not share an ideology with the Russian Prime Minister, but he certainly seems to have an appreciation for his methodologies. Like Putin, Lacroix just can't seem to let go of power. The titles may change, but in the end he's still the one pulling the strings.
So it came as no surprise this week when he finally announced that
It's just like
Was there ever a chance things would turn out any other way?
Oh sure, Lacroix flirted shamelessly for several weeks with
Lacroix basically said as much during the presser to introduce Sherman, pointing out that the new GM's decisions would be made "under my supervision." Considering how well other decisions made under his supervision have gone --
To be fair, Sherman is, by all accounts, a bright guy. Hard working. A leader of men. But he's also, like Giguere, an accountant. A bean counter. And how'd that work out, again?
This is a guy who went from working at
Don't worry about that, though.
"I don't want to look back," Sherman said. "To say why things did or didn't happen, I couldn't comment on . . . We're all about looking forward now."
Well, that's encouraging. So why exactly was he promoted?
"I got my MBA free of cost while working for arguably the best GM in all of sports," Sherman told the
There you have it. He may not know hockey, but he knows how to play the game.
At least with Sacco, Lacroix can suggest that he's hired the next
Which is promising because, after all, Sacco's track record speaks for itself. Not impressed enough by that 60-79-9 mark he strung together over two years at Lake Erie, the fourth-worst result of any AHL team over that span? How about the fact that the Monsters were just one of three teams to score fewer than 200 goals? Or that they finished 14th in the 15-team Western Conference last season?
Hey, that's one better than the Avs.
So maybe Sacco wasn't the best choice, but he might have been the only one. Granato and his staff deserved the ax, but honestly, after watching how shamefully the team treated him for the last two months, who else would take the job?
At least Sacco won't have to suffer for long. As soon as Roy's ready -- mid-season? Next year? The gig is his. Count on it.
And Sherman's not likely long for the role, either. The heir to the GM's job already is apparent. No surprise that it's
Bringing in his own son. Let's see Putin top that.