Avs sack Sacco as coach

The Sports Xchange
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Joe Sacco is out as Colorado Avalanche coach.
The team fired Sacco on Sunday, the day after it finished last in the Western Conference and had the second-worst record in the NHL this season at 16-25-7.
There was no word on a possible successor.
Eric LaCroix, the Avs' vice president of hockey operations, also has left the team, the Denver Post reported. Team president Pierre Lacroix and general manager Greg Sherman are still with the Avalanche.
Sacco guided the Avalanche to the playoffs in his first season as coach in 2009-10, but Colorado has failed to reach the postseason for the past three years.
"The organization believes a change of leadership behind the bench is needed going forward," Avalanche general manager Greg Sherman said. "Joe has worked for this franchise for eight seasons and he is a dedicated and hard working coach. We appreciate all he has done and wish him the best in the future."
Sacco was 130-134-14 in his four seasons behind the Colorado bench. The Avs had shown improvement in 2011-12, contending for the playoffs before falling seven points short, but took a step back this season. He had one year left on his contract after receiving a two-year extension last summer.
Sacco will coach Team USA in the world champiosnhips beginning Saturday in Finland and Sweden.