Colorado Avalanche: Sakic and Roy’s Plans for the Team

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Jun 30, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy (right) talks with executive of hockey operations Joe Sakic (left) during the 2013 NHL Draft at the Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports /

Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic and head coach Patrick Roy have been catching flak this year. Find out what some of their plans are for the team.

The Colorado Avalanche started off very poorly. Their record at the end of October was 3-6-1 with a 1-3-1 home record. That seemed rattle Avalanche fans, and the hullaballoo has never entirely died down. Now, no matter what move they make, fans question that they know what they’re doing.

I think the general perception is that the two are just throwing things at the wall and seeing what sticks. While it’s true they’re only in their third year of their respective positions, they do have to answer to Kroenke Sports Entertainment as well as the Pepsi Center’s vendors. In other words, that kind of approach wouldn’t fly.

That’s also never been those two men’s type of approach. Both Sakic and, especially, Roy are inveterate competitors. They know hockey inside out. They have a plan.

I’m not privy to their inner sanctum, so I can’t tell you every aspect of their plan. However, I’ll cobble together what I can glean from their words and actions along with what I know of their histories.

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