Sherman Hired As Avalanche's General Manager, Granato, 5 Others Fired

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DENVER (AP) - The Colorado Avalanche have promoted Greg Sherman to general manager and fired coach Tony Granato and five others in a sweeping shakeup.

The team announced the moves Wednesday.

Sherman has spent the past seven years as the team's assistant general manager and replaces Francois Giguere, who was let go in April following the team's worst finish since moving to Denver in 1995.

As part of a new management structure, the Avalanche appointed Craig Billington as vice president of hockey operations/assistant general manager and David Oliver as director of player development. Colorado also hired Eric Lacroix as director of hockey operations, while Brad Smith serves as director of player personnel. Rick Pracey remains director of amateur scouting.