Coach Patrick Roy’s Avs may have the NHL’s best core of young talent. Michael Martin/NHLI via Getty Images)
By Allan Muir
It might be hard to believe after last night’s epic debut that there’ll be a bigger story in Colorado this season than head coach Patrick Roy.
Over the course of 60 minutes, the Hall of Famer managed to inject fire and passion into the Avalanche in a way that predecessor Joe Sacco never quite could during his four-year tenure. Just by stepping behind the bench, he gifted the Avs with more than a hint of his own legendary swagger, and his late-game confrontation with Anaheim coach Bruce Boudreau earned him a $10,000 fine while setting a tone that suggests the Avs will be a team to reckon with this season.
Or maybe they won’t.
It was one game, after all. One magical game that recalled the best of this team’s glorious past, when Roy was manning the pipes and Joe Sakic, now the team’s GM, was a dagger with the puck . . . but one game nonetheless.
And even taking a rough start into consideration, what we saw in last night’s 6-1 win over the Ducks may indicate a level of play this team can’t consistently achieve just yet.
But it’s certainly a preview of coming attractions.