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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov, front, of Russia, clears the puck from the side of the net as Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise comes in from the boards in the first period of an NHL hockey game in Denver on Saturday, April 27, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)The Associated Press

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    Colorado Avalanche's P.A. Parenteau (15) celebrates his game-winning goal with teammates Chuck Kobasew (12), Gabriel Landeskog (92), of Sweden, Paul Stastny (26), and Matt Duchene after the shootout in an NHL hockey game against the Phoenix Coyotes, 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

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.