44-Year-Old Center – Free Agent
Joe Sakic Contract Information:
Became an unrestricted free agent in July of 2009. Retired from hockey in July of 2009.
Sakic officially announced his retirement during a news conference on Thursday, the Denver Post reports.
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
There was no outlook written for Joe Sakic.
Avalanche nation breathed a huge sigh of relief on August 27, 2008, the day Sakic ended all the uncertainty about his playing future and agreed to return to the Avs for one more season. There's not much else that can be written about Sakic that hasn't been penned already. His stats speak for themselves - 19 seasons, 1,629 points in 1,363 games, an average of 1.20 points per game. The only real issue about Sakic coming into this season is how is his health? Assuming he's healthy - which he says he is - Sakic should return to his usual level of output. Perhaps not quite a point per game, but poolies can pretty much be comfortable with 70-plus.
The ageless Sakic will center Colorado's first line and see ample time on the power play.
The Colorado offense begins with Sakic, who tied for the team lead with 32 goals in 2005-06 while playing close to 20 minutes per game. The Avalanche have lost some offense with Rob Blake and Alex Tanguay gone, but Sakic returns with linemates Andrew Brunette and Milan Hejduk and should be the team's leader in points once again.
We like Sakic to better 90 points this season and be a top-10 scorer in the league. We assume you know his bio but here's a brief one: Stanley Cup MVP, Olympics MVP.