Colorado Avalanche: Joe Sakic is Over-Reliant on MacFarland

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Jun 24, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Tyson Jost shakes hands with Joe Sakic after being selected as the number ten overall draft pick by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of the 2016 NHL Draft at the First Niagra Center. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports /

The Colorado Avalanche face an uphill battle to improve as long as the assistant general manager, lawyer Chris MacFarland, is influencing decisions.

The Colorado Avalanche are in a terrible state. I don’t mean Colorado — it’s lovely here. (Unless you’re planning on moving here, then it’s a pit — stay home.)  Rather, the team appears to have hit rock bottom.

Or, in the case of center Matt Duchene, a teammate:

This is not the season any of us wanted. For Avalanche fans, I don’t think it’s the season we really envisioned either.

It’s the season we’ve got, though. The team is dead last in the NHL and seems more in the Nolan Patrick draft race than in the playoff hunt.

So, in the grand tradition of sports fans everywhere, it’s time to start laying blame. We heard a lot last year about how it was the coach’s fault. Both last year and this year fingers point more at the players, especially the core.

It’s time for us to look at the man behind the scenes, though, the man who’s orchestrating the team personnel, staff and overall operations. He is the man who should bear the brunt of the blame for the Colorado Avalanche’s lost season.

That man is assistant general manager Chris MacFarland.