Sakic committed to Bednar despite Avalanche's poor season

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Ron Chenoy / USA Today Sports

As Colorado Avalanche general manager Joe Sakic considers potential roster moves, one thing is certain: first-year head coach Jared Bednar is safe.

The club has stumbled to a league-worst record of 15-37-2, but Sakic sees Bednar as part of the solution, not the problem.

"Everybody's disappointed, from myself, to ownership, coaches, to players, and I know (Bednar) is frustrated as well," Sakic told Terry Frei of The Denver Post. "But the direction I want to go with this team, as a young team, I think he's going to be great for this team."

Sakic has said he wants to reboot the roster with emphasis on youth and speed, and forwards Matt Duchene and Gabriel Landeskog have been oft-mentioned in trade rumors as of late.

For the record, Sakic - who also serves as team president - still sees himself as the man for the job.

"I enjoy what I'm doing," he said. "As frustrating as this year is, and we have to get through it, there's a lot of good things we can do to turn this thing around and go in the right direction."

Exactly which players Sakic keeps on the roster for Bednar to coach remains to be seen.