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Roy: Avalanche asking league, ‘Why not us?’

Oct 13, 2013, 3:24 PM EDT

Tyson Barrie #4 of the Colorado Avalanche and head coach Patrick Roy appear on the bench during their preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 28, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Colorado won 3-2.
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We’re two weeks into Patrick Roy’s first campaign as the Colorado Avalanche’s head coach and we still haven’t seen him lose a game. The Avalanche are 5-0-0 after finishing with the second-worst record last season, but that only tells part of the story.

They have overwhelmed their competition, outscoring them 18-4. Rookie Nathan MacKinnon has been great as has their big offseason acquisitions, Alex Tanguay. However, those two only deserve a portion of the credit as seven different players have recorded at least four points this season.

Then there’s goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who the Colorado Avalanche have long believed in, but has been inconsistent since being acquired from the Washington Capitals. So far he has a 1.00 GAA and .970 save percentage under the guidance of Roy and goalie coach Francois Allaire.

“Right now we’re just saying, ‘Why not? Why not us?'” said Roy, according to the Denver Post. “We’ve been working hard every day, we’ve been remaining humble and know that we’re playing against very good teams. It was a tough trip … but we’re very happy with how it went.”

Of course, there’s 77 games left in the Avalanche’s schedule. They still has many tests ahead of them, not the least of which will be seeing how they respond to their first cold streak when it happens.

Still, when Roy took over the team, the Avalanche were regarded with curiosity. That’s only heightened thanks to their strong start.

  1. arbruins - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    Shut it Roy Boy, let’s see where you are at it January. It’s still too damn early to bark. Besides, isn’t there a female around there to womanize?

    • joey4id - Oct 13, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      He’s paid to win hockey games. He’s a proven winner and it won’t be any different as head coach of the AVs. He may not be the greatest person off the ice, and I certainly wouldn’t stand having dinner with the guy he’s nonetheless a very good coach. Don’t be surprised if he wins the Jack Adams award this year.

    • avfanforlife - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      Wow Arbruins… little upset about the loss to the Av’s the other nite?

  2. sjsblitz - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    I said it all of last season, Joe Sacco is a an absolute moron. That team has had so much potential but was coached by an idiot. Glad to see Roy come in and bring out some true potential in this team. I tip my hat to you Avs

    • no - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

      *tips fedora*

  3. stakex - Oct 13, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    I have to hand it to Roy, the Avalanche look like the real deal right now. Don’t know if it will be the same tune come April, but for now he has them clicking.

  4. andidee15 - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Because our defense is still questionable, our goaltending is unsustainable, and the injuries haven’t started to pile on yet.

    I still think we’re going to be better than many critics believed at the beginning of the season, though. Our three top lines are all firing, we’re finally getting some offense from the blueline, Roy has been an uniting force on the bench, and Allaire should help keep Varly from falling completely into the “F this” abyss he ended up in last season.

    This team still has a fighting chance, so it will be interesting to see how they finish out the season. I have a feeling that acquiring a Top 2 defenseman via trade is going to happen at some point this year as well. We’re a dark horse, but under Roy, anything is possible.

    • guitarhunterdude - Oct 13, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      That sounds about right. I certainly don’t see the Avs finishing at the very bottom of the pile again, but they can’t keep winning every game while getting outshot and outpossessed. I’m thinking ninth or tenth in the West sounds like a reasonable place for them to end up.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:39 PM

      Last year they were 25th in SOGA, as they are this year.

  5. pxland - Oct 13, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    There’s going to be growing pains, and there will be some tough stretches, but the Avs are headed in the right direction for the first time in many years.

    I was against hiring Roy because I thought he was too inexperienced and that it was as much about publicity for the Avs as it was about finding a good coach. I was wrong.

  6. arbruins - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Yes avfanforlife…I am devastated. Actually, The Avs played a great game, it’s Roy Boy that I don’t care for.

  7. vbcaps - Oct 13, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    Avs are a favorite of mine in the western conference…

    Roy got these guys playing great hockey right now

  8. broadstreetsbaddest88 - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:16 PM

    It’s good to see them doing good. It’s been long over due. They got plenty of talent up front to put it in the net. Sacco was holdin them down. All’s they needed was a fresh voice to get it goin and they got a good one in Roy. His team in juniors was always winning and he’s already startin to show he’s the real deal. I hope they keep this goin cause there fun to watch.

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