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New coach wants tough Avs

Adrian Dater
The Denver Post
(TR)Colorado Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco gives advice to the players during the 1st day of training camp on Sunday. The Colorado Avalanche opened its training camp on Sunday morning at South Suburban Family Sports Center. The team camp runs from Sept. 13-15. Hyoung Chang/ The Denver Post

The new coach of the Avalanche has one big-picture goal for his team: to be tough to play against.

Doesn’t every coach, though?

Definitions of what that means may be vague for now, but Joe Sacco believes it will all become clear as time passes.

“We want our opposition at the end of the night to say they were in a difficult game. As a player, you know those situations: that it was a hard game to play,” Sacco said Sunday after the Avalanche’s first day of training camp. “Every team has to have an identity, whether you’re a skill team with speed or a tough team. You can relate to teams that have an identity, and we’ve got to start creating one here.”

The implication of being a team “tough to play against” is that it lacks talent, and plenty of NHL pundits are implying that about an Avs team that finished last in the Western Conference. Whatever one says about the Avs, Sacco wants there to be no doubt about the work ethic.

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