Joe Sacco has more than proven his worth as a coach
If the Los Angeles Kings want a coach with a perfect blend of experience as an assistant and head coach, they could end up with Boston Bruins assistant Joe Sacco. While his stint as an NHL head coach didn’t go well following four forgettable seasons with the Colorado Avalanche, Sacco has nonetheless shown he can play a significant role in keeping teams afloat.
You see that with the Bruins, whom Sacco has been with for quite some time, and the team has been among the NHL’s most relevant going on a decade. Even more impressive is the fact that recently, Boston has seen quite a bit of roster turnover, yet Sacco and head coach Jim Montgomery have kept this team rolling.
Keeping an organization afloat despite turnover is a trait that Sacco may have figured it out despite his poor showing with the Avalanche. This could, should the Kings opt not to remove the interim label from Hiller, warrant Sacco serious consideration if they pursue him.
Of course, it’s a risk every time a team hires a coach who didn’t fare well in a previous stop and has not held the same position for a while. But Sacco has had over a decade to retool his skill-set, and he may reward a franchise for bringing him back behind the bench in a full-time head coaching role.