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

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Dec 15, 2015; Chicago, IL, USA; Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov (1) makes a save during the first period against the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-USA TODAY Sports /

Shots on the Goalie

The Colorado Avalanche are a rush team with puck-moving defensemen. They don’t focus as much on puck possession as much as they focus on offense.

That means Colorado Avalanche goalies face a lot of shots. More than most other teams, perhaps.

What coach Roy has said more than once is that it’s more important to him that the team minimizes scoring chances more than actual shots on goal. If teams are getting a lot of shots, but they’re all from the perimeter, coach Roy has expressed being fine with that.

At the end of the day, there’s no right or wrong way to build an NHL team. There’s just levels of effectiveness. Roy and Sakic are taking a team that was built to a philosophy about which they don’t agree. They’re working to change the makeup of the team to conform with their own vision.

Once again, Colorado Avalanche hockey all comes back to those blueprints. I’m certain Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy see themselves as architects, too, and they want a Stanley Cup-winning team.