By Miguel Rodriguez
Reunion week continues in Sabreland on Saturday night when former Colorado head coach and current Sabres assistant Joe Sacco gets to face his old club at First Niagara Center.
Sacco admits it might feel weird seeing Avalanche players he used to coach, including Gabriel Landeskog, Ryan O'Reilly and Matt Duchene, on the opposite bench. Sacco also said he's not surprised the Avs have gotten off to a sizzling 6-1-0 start under new coach Patrick Roy.
"No. They're a good team. Their young players have some experience now. They're heading in the right direction. They play a fast game. They play with a lot of pace in their game, so no I'm not surprised."
"I think when I look back over there and see some of the young players who are starting to mature come into their own, you feel good about some of the things that you see as far as that goes," Sacco said. But on Saturday, "that all goes by the side."
While the Sabres have matched their worst nine-game start in franchise history, the penalty-killing unit has been one of a few bright spots. Sacco runs the PK and his unit enters Saturday night's game against the Avs ranked fifth in the NHL, having killed off 25-of-29 chances.
Full interview below. Quality eight minutes of chatting (sorry about floor machine that made a noisy appearance around six-minute mark).