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Avs have a big hit behind the bench

Adrian Dater
The Denver Post
Colorado Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco talked strategy with the team in the third period Saturday. The Colorado Avalanche defeated the Detroit Red Wings 3-1 at the Pepsi Center Saturday night, October 24, 2009. Karl Gehring, The Denver Post

He comes from New England and has brought respectability back to a dormant Denver sports franchise. He is the coach of a team some people said would finish last in its division but has made it the talk of the league with a great start.

Josh McDaniels, say hello to Joe Sacco, your new competition for “Hotshot new coach in the Mile High City.”

“I haven’t met him, but I know he’s doing a pretty nice job with his team,” Sacco said of McDaniels, the Broncos’ coach. “I wasn’t too happy when they beat the Patriots, but I’m happy for him.”

Both first-year coaches are credited for more clearly defining their players’ roles and developing an atmosphere of accountability. While Sacco’s predecessor, Tony Granato, was well-liked by his players, privately there was some sentiment within the organization that he treated players differently and he wasn’t demanding enough of everybody. One thing Avalanche players say about Sacco is that he has the same standard for everybody.

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