Sakic steps into new front-office role

DENVER (AP) - As a rookie forward, Joe Sakic was the nucleus of a rebuilding plan, eventually turning a downtrodden team into a two-time Stanley Cup winner.

Now, as a rookie executive in the front office, the former Colorado Avalanche captain has signed on for another reclamation project, with visions of raising even more banners to the Pepsi Center rafters.

He's ready to get to work, even if he's not quite sure what exactly his responsibilities may be as the team's executive adviser/alternate governor.

Sakic will simply figure it out on the fly as he helps fix an Avalanche squad that won their fewest games (30) and tallied their fewest points in the standings (68) since relocating from Quebec to Denver in 1995.