Sakic returns to Avs
“I am happy to announce the signing of Joe Sakic to a one-year contract,” said Avalanche Executive Vice President and General Manager Francois Giguere. “Our entire organization is very excited to have Joe back for another season. As the only captain of the Avalanche, his record of achievement speaks for itself. Having him return is great for our franchise and community, but also for the game of hockey.”Not a huge surprise, although Sakic did battle some pretty awful injury problems last season. I haven't seen any terms on the deal, but it's likely in the same range as the $6.75-million he made last season.
“Ultimately it came down to the fact that I still enjoy playing and competing,” said Sakic. “I’m comfortable with my conditioning and my overall health. I’m ready for the start of camp and am looking forward to the upcoming season.”
Sakic turned 39 last month but has remained an incredibly productive player in his late 30s. Postlockout, he has 81 goals and 227 points in 208 games, and is ranked 17th in points per game over that period (ahead of the likes of Briere, Gaborik, Sundin, Jokinen, Staal, St. Louis).
He's also the NHL's active points leader, nearly 250 ahead of second place Mark Recchi, and will pass Mario Lemieux into seventh place all time with another 94 points. Sakic's also 12th in career points per game (1.20).
The release indicates there will be a press conference on Tuesday.
UPDATE Eric Duhatschek says it's a one-year, $6-million deal.
Postlockout points per game