After First Pick in NHL Draft, Are the Colorado Avalanche Close to Contending?

The Colorado Avalanche have the number one pick Sunday’s NHL Draft and are expected to take Nathan MacKinnon, but could still end up with another elite prospect in Jonathon Druin or Seth Jones. The organization had huge front office turnover during the off-season, and now Hall-of-Fame players Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy are running the show. Colorado looks to transform a team that finished last in the Western Conference, but how far away is this club from the upper tier of NHL teams? Continue reading “After First Pick in NHL Draft, Are the Colorado Avalanche Close to Contending?”

Timer to Colorado Avalanche Coach Patrick Roy’s Departure Starts Now

Patrick Roy’s honeymoon period ends with the first Colorado Avalanche losing streak. From there, he’s working on borrowed time. It is perhaps the biggest curse of the National Hockey League; coaches’ leashes are shorter than kids dragging their Mom’s around the mall with a tethered backpack. Success is only measured in wins and even the greatest goaltender of all time will not get a free pass from his old team. Continue reading “Timer to Colorado Avalanche Coach Patrick Roy’s Departure Starts Now”

Colorado Avalanche: The Importance of Bringing in Patrick Roy

The Colorado Avalanche and new Vice President of Hockey Operations Joe Sakic are in search of a new coach. Hall-of-Fame Goaltender Patrick Roy, who won four Stanley Cups between the Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens, may be the perfect fit. With his name being thrown into the ring, would Roy thrive in his first NHL coaching job? Continue reading “Colorado Avalanche: The Importance of Bringing in Patrick Roy”

Colorado Avalanche Milan Hejduk’s 1,000th game, My First as Press

Milan Hejduk described several times his first NHL goal in his first NHL game in 1998.  Joe Sakic and Keith Jones assisted as the Colorado Avalanche lost to the Ottawa Senators 5-3. It was an unremarkable game if not for that goal, but years later, as Sakic delivered his former Stanley Cup Champion line mate his silver stick, it suddenly had significance. Last night, Hejduk joined Sakic as the only players to play over 1,000 games with the Quebec Nordiques/Avalanche. Hejduk is the lone player with the accomplishment while playing only for the Avalanche. Colorado lost an unremarkable 1,000th game to the Dallas Stars 3-2, but it had great significance to me. Continue reading “Colorado Avalanche Milan Hejduk’s 1,000th game, My First as Press”