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Sakic signs one-year deal with Avalanche

Joe Sakic

Joe Sakic

4/9/2007 5:35:38 PM

DENVER (CP) - Joe Sakic has signed on for a 19th NHL season with the Colorado Avalanche franchise, signing a US$6.75-million, one-year deal for 2007-08.

"I am privileged today to announce to our fans that Joe will be returning next season," Avs GM Francois Giguere said in a statement. "Joe is the heart of this organization and his leadership and value to this team and especially our young players is unquestioned.

"He played some of his best hockey this past season and was a major part of the late-season success we enjoyed. Joe's contributions both on and off the ice for this organization cannot be understated."

Sakic, 37, finished his 18th NHL season as the club's leader in points (100), goals (36) and assists (64) while appearing in all 82 games for the second-straight season and sixth time in his career.

"I was really impressed with the way this team came together and am looking forward to next year," Sakic said in a statement. "To witness the growth of our young players and see how they performed with some of our other veterans was very encouraging and says a lot about the expectations we'll have for next season.


 

"As I've said in the past, at this stage in my career, I prefer to do one-year deals as I evaluate my play year-to-year," added Sakic. "But I'm looking forward to next season and we feel very lucky to be a part of such a great hockey market with such amazing fan support."

Sakic recorded 100 points for the sixth time in his career and first since he earned NHL MVP honours with 118 points in 2000-01. He joined Gordie Howe as the only players in NHL history to reach the 100-point plateau at the age of 37 or older.

Sakic also reached the 50-assist plateau for the 14th time in his career, tying Marcel Dionne and Paul Coffey for the third-most 50-assist seasons in NHL history behind Wayne Gretzky (18) and Ron Francis (16).

Sakic will enter the 2007-08 season ranked ninth on the NHL all-time points list (1,589), 14th in goals (610, tied with Bobby Hull) and 11th in assists (979). He tallied his 600th career goal on Feb. 15 at Calgary.







NO. AUTHOR MESSAGE
1GreenridersSuper Joe's back and ready to lead the Avs to the ...
2jamie_kee_mac85One of the best franchise players ever! ...
3avz69Best news I heard all day!! All we need now is a g ...
4tmoore4075For being 37 he is still rocking and rolling. 100 ...
5bigbruin26Good news for the NHL, Great news for the young gu ...
6mtnlyon67He would have looked great in a Vancouver uniform. ...
7michelt954No surprise here Watch out next year The Avs will ...
8xyberviperNo Surprise. But boy it takes a bit of the sting o ...
9brissonmattGreat for the Aves, too bad they didnt make the po ...
10Crosby99good move by the avs organization, one more year w ...
11trevormckayGood. I think he would be good for another year in ...
12SensMonteithEverybody knew he wasn't going anywhere, but it's ...
13avs4meWay to go Super Joe! What a show of faith this is ...
14mccthulhuIf the league were made up of class guys like Joe, ...
15bohlmeisterHe is the class of the NHL, without a doubt. He wi ...
16coltsrockThe face of the franchise...one of the all-time mo ...
17leehowardblairGlad our captain is back in Colorado! What a year ...
18schmidtybooshPure class human being! Eventhough he's our rival ...
19Charles40What can you say about Joe Sakic...Simply one of t ...
20cheatermcgirljeansCan anyone name another pro athlete that wouldn't ...
21JuanClassic move by a guy who has long been a classic ...
22grummaThis is really good news for the avs, Sakic is wit ...
23ladder76Great news. A great leader for the youth movement ...
24tosports1How could they not, the most repected guy in the l ...
25theloveofthegameWay to go Sakic, I look forward to watching him p ...
26ajchayAtta boy Joe...one of the classy guys in the NHL.. ...
27AvsFan19Great news, im sure he has at least a couple more ...
28leafsforever13Best Captain in the league, doesn't get any classi ...
29buffalo442Joe Sakic is the greatest player in the NHL today. ...
30JohnConnorGood to see they didn't waste any time signing him ...
31scottish24What else can you say about Joe other than classy, ...
32kingtahaJoe sakic is just the greatest hockey player of hi ...
33letsgoflyers!Truly a class act! ...
34Joe_19_SakicYaa baby now the Avs can maybe pick up some other ...
35OldSaltyGreat to hear Burnaby Joe has signed again. What a ...
36BeansBombNo question about it MINT ...
37cogroExpected, but doesn't mean it ain't music to my ea ...
38tdavis99Way to go Joe. You can't hang in up after 100pts. ...
39KnowledgistEVERYBODY likes Joe Sakic. For what he has done i ...
40tsnrulesA class act. Super Joe is amazing. 37 years old an ...
41gkspelremGood to see Burnaby Joe coming back for another se ...
42dtm-2k3Great news! Sakic is the definition of how a profe ...
43rock_089Joey Sakic has been my favourite player for as lon ...
44topcorner101 I'm glad to hear he'll be back. It's hard to imag ...
45bauernikehockeyGreat to hear Joe will be back another year. He is ...
46salo99That's great news! Joe Sakic is an awesome leader, ...
47ryguyjamesFrom a Flames fan, even though Joe nearly single-h ...
48IafrateLove the guys who stick with one franchise for the ...
49mrzeiglerI figured Sakic would age gracefully; I didn't exp ...
50canfan92Joe Sakic is one of a very small group of players ...
51DekeWhat an amazing sports figure...True class all the ...
52rufffThis was a no-brainer. The young guys are gonna f ...
53andredgood to see sakic come back, he's one of the best ...
54dilly4650Sakic is one of the most valueable members of any ...
55UncivilGood for the Av's not so good for the rest of the ...
56wnorman2good resign... joe is awesome! ...
57dickpoundI hope Joe plays for Team Canada at this month's M ...
58happyface99I wanna look at this guy's birth certificate. Ther ...
59nathanstamandWhen a guy can lead a team for this long and get 1 ...
60MedvedevQuebec had Lemieux, Ontario had Gretzky, Atlantic ...
61habsjoePURE CLASS!! Joe Sakic is the face of the avalanch ...
62bartelgoim thinking he's gonna keep playing until 2010. t ...
63railice96Joe is the type of player all players should grow ...
64Avalanche_19Awesome news, Sakic will always be my favorite pla ...
65ericmilesGreat move to resign Joe Sakic. He is the heart an ...
66Gimmethepuck!Class guy. 'Nuff said. ...
67canadianhockeyfanBurnaby Joe is a class act. Without him, the Avs d ...
68bigfrog1Joe is a classy player. Wish he was a Wing. ...
69exponutJoe sackic is simply the purest and natural forwar ...
70Mastanwow... another 100 point season and hes 37... very ...
71My4kidsGood for Joe!!! This guy is one of a dying breed! ...
72hockey_addic_31Great that Joe's back! but the Avs should be in th ...
73paulcochraneProbably the class of the legue now that Stevy Y i ...
74DylanDFantastic to see Burnaby Joe back. Certainly expec ...
75AmericanarioI believe most of us Avs fans truly know what we h ...
76mastacoolieeven tho i like this move the avs should try to re ...
77klb_habsfanGreat guy, it's impossible NOT to like him. I wish ...
78charlieinoilcountryThats awesome good for old Joe. 100 points at 37, ...
79storminnorminthroughGO JOE GO!! As my daughter would say. I've been ...
80reefairI would trade all my leaf players for him... Go J ...
81squirt2I think that is awesome for Joe Sakic, he deserves ...
82abootGood for Joe. I hope he plays in the 2010 olympics ...
83jheppn2No brainer. This move was an easy choice for both ...
84MAYVENA PURE HOCKEY PLAYER ...AND SMART . HOCKEY- SENSE ...
85marcus3398AWESOME!!! Very glad to hear the Joe Joe is coming ...
86icewhizWhat an incredible CAPTAIN .. too bad Colorado did ...
87nyrangerfan15A class act. Super Joe has been a consistent pro ...
88PrairieFlameThere are elite hockey players, and then there is ...
89avsmike28The 1st move of the offseason is a good one, I'm g ...
90SkyguardI've had the privilege of seeing Joe Sakic play he ...
91calgarybomberBargain! You can't TEACH that kind of attitude. ...
92edoilweight39What a finish to the season for the AVS. Right do ...
9333birdman33Thank god, that's all I have to say. ...
94icer13One of the classiest guys in the league, deserves ...
95mutant211This is great not only for the Colorado Avalanche, ...
96Rascal2000Joe Sakic is THE CLASSIEST athelete in all of Pro ...
97#19wingnutTruly one of the greatest, classiest, skilled play ...
98smitty129Great signing, as a Leaf fan pondering Sundin's va ...
99drvm38wish my canucks could have signed him,but like eve ...
100boston_fredI' m sorry, but Super Joe has to be one of the bes ...
101thomThat is good management. keep it going Joe.Go WING ...
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