Sakic likes Avs' chemistry going into home stretch

KUSA - With the Colorado Avalanche back on the ice Wednesday night for the first time in 18 days, don't look for the team to look any different in the coming week.

With the Olympic break over, the NHL trading deadline is a week away. Teams have until March 5 to make any changes to improve their roster.

But Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic said this week he is happy with the squad as they look to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

"The chemistry is great on this team. It's a great dressing room. If we do nothing we're happy," Sakic said of the pending deadline. "If we can improve our team and have that vision that whatever move we do is good for our team for the next two or three years, then we'll try and make the team better. But if we're status quo, we'll be happy with that as well.

"We're not here looking to shake up our roster. ... We're very confident with this team."

Coming off the break, Colorado (37-16-5) is fifth in the Western Conference with 79 points and 24 games remaining. The season resumes Wednesday against Los Angeles to start a three-game homestand.

Last season, the Avs finished 16-25-7, which was last in the conference with just 39 points in the lockout-shortened season.

"I'm not surprised how quickly we turned it around. We expected it to turnaround," Sakic said. "I think all the players expected it to be a turnaround year.

"Am I surprised with how many points we have at this time? Probably. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't surprise. But we expecting to be a lot better. We were expecting to be a playoff team this year, that's for sure."


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