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Avs embrace Patrick Roy as new coach

May 28, 2013, 10:42 PM EDT

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It’s anyone’s guess if the Joe Sakic-Patrick Roy management combo will be anywhere close to as effective as it was when they were playing hockey.

If Tuesday’s reactions to Roy’s hiring are any indication, the new head coach should at least get respect from Colorado Avalanche players up front.

The team’s highest-paid player Paul Stastny thinks that Roy’s experiences as a player will give him added insight when it comes to dealing with the range of personalities found in a locker room.

“I think a good coach can relate to different guys and get the best out of every player,” Stastny said. “And that’s different. You can’t treat everyone the same way. Some guys you can yell at in front of the room and some guys you have to talk to one-on-one to get the best out of them. And I think he knows that.”

Team captain Gabriel Landeskog admits that he had a poster of the 2001 Stanley Cup-winning team on his childhood bedroom wall, so it’s no surprise that he thinks the duo will speak from a position of authority.

“They’re looking to accomplish great things, just as they did as players,” Landeskog said. ” … When [Roy] speaks, guys are going to listen.”

  1. windmiller4 - May 28, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    How well the team does under him remains to be seen, but his team will have a much better work ethic under him. He will immediately hold more respect in the locker room than their previous coach had at any point. I feel like Roy is just too competitive to accept anything less than winning, and thats just the attitude the Avs need

    • atwatercrushesokoye - May 28, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      Magic Johnson once said (and I’m paraphrasing) that coaching was incredibly hard because he expected the players to be able to do what he was able to do and when they couldn’t he would get frustrated. I wonder if Roy might suffer from the same problem when it comes to goaltending? There aren’t many goalies in history who have been able to do what he did, can he deal with having a goalie who’s probably not as good as he is if he were to play today?

      • jernster21 - May 28, 2013 at 11:59 PM

        You can teach defenseman how to play around a goalies style/weaknesses.

        Roy was one of the absolute worst at giving up massive rebounds but his defense knew that he did so they were there to clear out the garbage. A lot needs to change with this team. Fundamentally, they are one of the worst hockey playing teams in the pros – they complicate simple plays constantly. Whenever the puck touches someones stick, they would panic and get rid of it, usually resulting in a turn over. These guys need to learn how to want the puck and become more of a puck possession team. They played without confidence, and simply didn’t care to play for Sacco in my opinion.

      • windmiller4 - May 29, 2013 at 1:47 AM


        I feel Gretzky suffered from that same problem, besides having a lack of talent, he was so used to difficult things being easy that he couldn’t understand why the team couldn’t do it. At least thats why i think he did bad as a
        coach (that and it always looked like he was gonna puke behind the bench, like some nervous wreck).
        But i think Roy is vastly different in the fact that he’s known as a no BS kind of guy, a very competitive, emotional, intense guy. He should do more than fine as a coach, as his OHL record shows.

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