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A shakeup could be in the works as Avalanche miss the playoffs for 3rd straight season

  • Colorado Avalanche's P.A. Parenteau, right, scores the game-winning goal against Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith during the shootout in an NHL hockey game, on Friday, April 26, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz.  The Avalanche defeated the Coyotes 5-4 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    Colorado Avalanche's P.A. Parenteau, right, scores the game-winning goal against Phoenix Coyotes' Mike Smith during the shootout in an NHL hockey game, on Friday, April 26, 2013, in Glendale, Ariz. The Avalanche defeated the Coyotes 5-4 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, left, of Finland, deflects a shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, of Sweden, in the third period of the Wild's 3-1 victory in an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, April 27, 2013. With the win, the Wild earned the eighth seed in the NHL Western Conference playoffs. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Minnesota Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom, left, of Finland, deflects a shot off the stick of Colorado Avalanche left wing Gabriel Landeskog, of Sweden, in the third period of the Wild's 3-1 victory in an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, April 27, 2013. With the win, the Wild earned the eighth seed in the NHL Western Conference playoffs. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise, back, looks on as his shot goes past Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, for a goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

    Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise, back, looks on as his shot goes past Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, of Russia, for a goal in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)  (The Associated Press)

The Colorado Avalanche just may shake things up after missing the playoffs for a third straight season.

It remains to be seen if coach Joe Sacco will be retained following a year in which the Avalanche finished last in the Western Conference.

For now, Sacco isn't worried about such a possibility, saying, "I'm going to go about my business as usual." He will coach the U.S. squad at the world championships beginning later this week.

This much is certain: Colorado is guaranteed a high pick in the June draft. The team has an 18.8 percent chance of landing the top pick in a lottery that will be held on Monday, with the Florida Panthers — the worst team in the league — having the best odds at 25 percent.