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Roy’s proud, disappointed after stunning debut season

May 1, 2014, 2:02 AM EDT

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The Colorado Avalanche went from being the worst team in the Western Conference to one of the NHL’s top squads under the guidance of rookie head coach Patrick Roy.

It’s hard to put that in perspective immediately after losing a hard fought Game 7 that went to overtime, but Roy tried.

“I have mixed feelings,” he said, according to the Star Tribune’s Michael Russo. “There is a side of me that is disappointed. There’s also a side of me that’s extremely proud of our players.”

Roy took a young team that might stay largely intact for years and, along with executive vice president Joe Sakic, changed the its culture.

“One quality we had all year is we were never satisfied, and we’re certainly not going to start tonight,” Roy said after his team’s elimination, per the Avalanche’s Twitter account.

The challenge going forward will be how the Avalanche build off of this season. Will they regress after largely losing their underdog status? Will they continue to have difficulty taking the next step forward in the postseason and grow stagnate like so many young squads before them? Or can they be the next Chicago Blackhawks?

Roy’s work is far from done, but his debut was certainly impressive.

  1. 950003cups - May 1, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Disappointed? He should be ashamed. Wild hasn’t win a playoff round since they drafted Jesus in the year 1 BC

    • chrisr9040 - May 1, 2014 at 2:26 AM

      I think you’re mistaken, Jesus wasn’t draft eligible until 18 AD.

      • missthemexpos - May 1, 2014 at 9:49 AM

        Wasn’t that back in the time of no drafts, you saw a player with magical talent and signed him up early, like the Bruins did with some youngster named Orr.

    • lbeezyse - May 1, 2014 at 10:37 AM

      Since Jesus? I think the last win was when Bruno put Roy into retirement. Didn’t know Jesus was here in 2003. Troll.

  2. greej1938l - May 1, 2014 at 2:35 AM

    Congrats on a good season Avs. Go wild!

  3. acorp11 - May 1, 2014 at 2:36 AM

    We’re proud and so grateful you changed the culture in Denver. Hockey was fun for Avs fans to watch again this year. Thank you Saint Patrick!

    • imleftcoast - May 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

      Maybe the Rockies will have a good year.

  4. jason9696 - May 1, 2014 at 2:45 AM

    The Avs are going to be a very good hockey team for a very long time.

  5. strictlythedanks - May 1, 2014 at 3:06 AM

    Wild fans recognize the avs are a team on the rise and Roy is a helluva coach just like he was a goalie. Go Wild Folks

  6. charlieconway96 - May 1, 2014 at 4:57 AM

    Hold your head Roy, got a great team on the ice and it appears that they’ve bought into your plan/system. Besides, if I remember right, pretty much every pre season power ranking had the Av’s finishing just about dead last.

  7. icrew29 - May 1, 2014 at 8:18 AM

    Excellent job by a rookie coach.

  8. mnjoemama - May 1, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    18 ad lol !! Roy having hard time to get both Stanley cup ring outta rear end for Colorado fan !

  9. dboldave - May 1, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    This team is in great shape for the upcoming years. If they can strengthen their blueline and get a few roleplaying vets they will be in business for a playoff run next year.

    • soro17 - May 1, 2014 at 12:10 PM

      Disagree. Borderline to make the playoffs next year. Second time around, teams will figure them out. Varlamov’s form is unsustainable, the blueline is suspect (Johnson will no doubt get injured for the season again), Duchene is overrated, Stastny will leave and the bandwagon Av’s fans will desert the team again. They are this year’s Islanders.

      • avfanforlife - May 2, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        Duchene overrated? What?? Stastny leave? Are you kidding? Varly’s form is what?? Have you heard of Francois Allaire? Blueline suspect? Have you ever watched an AV’s game?
        You make ZERO sense.

      • soro17 - May 2, 2014 at 2:25 PM

        I have watched many Avs games and based my opinion on it. You might not like it, but that isn’t my problem. Duchene is by most definitely overrated – his career high is 70 points, he hasn’t scored more than 30, he is injury prone, in games that matter he is forced easily to the outside, he is prone to disappearing for large streches. As for Varlamov, look at his career and tell me which year is the aberration. As for the mythical Francois Allaire, there is a reason he is on his fifth team – his goalies get found out and he moves along – even the Leafs didn’t want him anymore. I get that you are attached to the scrappy guys on the blueline, but they are what they are re-treads and no-names and they remain that. If you take off your Avs glasses, you will see that this is the prevailing opinion. As for Stastny leaving, someone is going to overpay for him and based on the tight-fisted Avs’ owners, it isn’t likely to be the Avs.

  10. lbeezyse - May 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    As a Wild fan I look forward to the budding rivalry with Colo. Nothing to hang your head about here. The Wild were simply the deeper team this time and it showed. Colo has some serious top end talent, a great goalie, and a phenomenal motivator/coach in Roy. The Aves inexperience didn’t hinder them as much as I thought it would. If you can bring back Stats, O’Reilly and solidify your blue line, the future is even brighter. The Wild are young as well, so I like the prospect of many more great games between the two teams like all 7 this series. To the classy Aves fans on here, my hat is off to you and to Avscup…….suck it.

    • zacmelvinmcnutt - May 1, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Thank you for your positive words, good luck against the Hawks!!

  11. purpleguy - May 1, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    This Wild fan was impressed by the Avs and even more impressed with their coach. I suspect these teams will be butting heads quite a bit in the future. If the Avs strengthened their defensive group they will be hard to beat.

  12. sprtsfan1 - May 1, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    I’m pretty surprised the Avs pushed it to 7 games. I previously called the Avs the last year’s Minnesota Wild. If I was right, it looks like they’ll have a bright future as the Wild do. Do the Wild have what it takes to get past the Blackhawks? I don’t think so, the Hawks have their playoff feet underneath them now; but this is coming from a Blackhawks fan! Go Hawks!!!

  13. joeyashwi - May 1, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    I am a Wild fan and honestly would have been satisfied with the way the Wild played this series whether they won or lost last night. The Avalanche fans should feel the same way. What a great playoff hockey series! It’s two bad these two teams had to play each other in round one because both deserve to move on. The future is bright for both teams.

  14. jpat2424 - May 1, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Hit the bricks

  15. jpat2424 - May 1, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    Saint Patrick ? Saint D bag more like it

  16. slysipops - May 1, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    the comments he made after the loss were great…and very caring about his team ! i’m not really a fan of ROY, but he did a great job and showed a lot of compassion for a young group of players ! all of you complaing muskrats ought to take heed .

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