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Patrick Roy criticizes ‘nonsense’ travel schedule

Dec 29, 2013, 2:50 PM EST

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After the NHL took three days off for the holidays, the Colorado Avalanche didn’t have a practice ahead of Friday’s 7-2 slaughter at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks.

That’s because they flew out to Chicago at 8:00 a.m. that morning, which is something Avalanche coach Patrick Roy was pretty unhappy about.

“I’m not going to use that as a reason why we lost,” Roy told the Denver Post. “(But) it’s unacceptable that we have to lose an hour to go to Chicago. … How can you give a good show? No matter what, we were in a bad spot. We’ve done it in the past, but why (didn’t) Chicago come here?

“I don’t know who’s working for the league for the schedule, but they need to understand that (when) Denver goes to Chicago, you’re losing an hour (and) if you want to play at night you have to be up at 4 or 5 in the morning to get to the airport … to have a good morning skate. It’s nonsense.”

Colorado is the westernmost team in the Central Division and the only one that’s not in the central timezone. Of course, rough patches in the schedule are nothing new and certainly aren’t unique to the Avalanche, even if the timezone difference gives them an added challenge in their division.

More importantly, they’re just 9-9-3 since their 14-2-0 start, which has put their playoff hopes in jeopardy. They’re about to start a seven-game homestand, so obviously travel won’t be a factor for a while. They need to have a strong showing during this stint.

  1. nj666 - Dec 29, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    what a cry baby

  2. drewsylvania - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Roy would certainly know something about nonsense…

  3. redwing26 - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Waaaa! Why not fly out on Thursday night then?

    • killerpgh - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Because under the CBA they aren’t allowed to. It’s one of those weird things that happens when a bunch of lawyers sat down to figure out the official language of the CBA that player had the entire Christmas break off with no team activities (practices, games, flights etc.) One of the guys on TSN (Dave Hodge, I think) was talking about it Saturday night and said it effected a few teams this year and since its the first time in happened under this new CBA that it will probably get looked into for future years about travel/games the day after the break.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        Killer, while all that is true, would it be some sort of violation for the individual players to fly to the city on their own the night before? It’s not like they can’t afford the fare. As long as the teams don’t require them to.

      • killerpgh - Dec 29, 2013 at 10:43 PM

        It probably doesn’t technically violate any written rule but I’m not sure. The Blackhawks skipped a team fight a few years back and the players ordered buses and arranged for a new flight back so they can support the current GM (Tallon) at his fathers funeral.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:06 PM

        Let’s not forget that having December 26th off was something the players negotiated into this new CBA they agreed upon. The last CBA, the NHL had authority to schedule games on the 26th.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:34 PM

        Oh, FWIW, the 26th is also a national holiday in Canada called Boxing Day, though it is not nearly the magnitude of Christmas.

    • slysipops - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:37 PM

      i was wondering the same thing

  4. csilojohnson - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    Not to make excuses but… excuses, excuses and some more excuses.

  5. hammerhead5573 - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    And let the self destruction begin.

  6. flyerguy73 - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    He has been a pain in the a$$ since he started coaching.

  7. 950003cups - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    They should just change the spelling of his name correctly to PATRICK WAAAAHH!! All he does is cry and complain. What a fool. Every team that traveled had the same problem.

  8. squidward247 - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    You played pro hockey Patricia. You know the routine. STFU, put your skirt back on and go home.

  9. joey4id - Dec 29, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Part of the problem is with the CBA. Blame the owners for that.

    (b) December 24, Christmas Day, and December 26 shall be off-days for all purposes, including travel, and no Club may request a Player’s consent to practice on such days for any reason, provided, however, if December 26 falls on a Saturday and the League has scheduled NHL Games on such date, December 23 may be substituted as an off-day for all purposes, including travel, instead of December 26.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 29, 2013 at 11:08 PM

      Which is something the PLAYERS agreed to. They are the ones who wanted the 26th off. In the past the NHL had the ability to schedule games on the 26th.

      • joey4id - Dec 30, 2013 at 3:49 AM

        They still can according to the CBA if the 26th is on a Saturday.

  10. km9000 - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    “They need to have a strong showing during this stint.”

    They also need to play hard, play their game, keep things simple, score first, finish their checks, get shots on net, and play a full 60 minutes.

  11. killerpgh - Dec 29, 2013 at 4:26 PM

    At least he handled it better than his son Fredrick Roy who got tossed out of the Spengler Cup this past Thursday for trying to start a fight in a tournament that doesn’t allow fighting. Some times it’s just fun to watch spoiled kids flip out and break things.

    • shamu1the1whale - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      Geez he has got quite a lot of anger for someone so young…

      • thesportsjudge - Dec 29, 2013 at 9:01 PM

        It’s in his DNA.

  12. bleedrangerblue - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    Get yourself a wineken and an order if French Cries!!

  13. slysipops - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    never cared for this guy since his showboating of saves during games he played in . MAYBE some players who were good players………… SUCK at coaching ??

  14. slysipops - Dec 29, 2013 at 5:53 PM

    PATRICK has a change of heart and says …………….

  15. drewzducks - Dec 29, 2013 at 7:48 PM

    Better hide the women, and children while we’re at it.

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