Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy and team executive Joe Sakic know they can't be the stars of the Colorado Avalanche.
There was a time when Roy and Sakic could carry this team, but that time is obviously over despite the fact that they're now contributing in other ways. "Patrick and I have discussed it," Sakic said. "He doesn't want to be the star. It's the players' team. It's our job to find and develop the players. It's the players who are going to win the Stanley Cup. If we win another Stanley Cup in Colorado, it's not going to be Patrick, and it's not going to be Joe. It's going to be the players." It should be interesting to see how this works out for Colorado. Star players don't always find success in the front office or as coaches, but they can help alter the attitude of a franchise that's been struggling to find its way in recent years. Additionally, Roy is coming into this after finding success as a QMJHL bench boss, so this won't be all new for him.
Patrick Bordeleau inked a three-year deal with Colorado on Wednesday.
He led the team with 116 hits and finished second with 70 penalty minutes in 46 games with the Avalanche. It will be interesting to see where he fits in new coach Patrick Roy's lineup, but if he plays regularly on the fourth line then he could have value in fantasy leagues that benefit from hits and PIMs.
Patrick Bordeleau has reportedly re-signed with the Colorado Avalanche.
The financial terms and length of the deal aren't known at this time. Bordeleau was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He had five points and 70 penalty minutes in 46 games in 2013.
The Colorado Avalanche reached a verbal agreement with Francois Allaire to be the team's new goalie coach, according to RDS' Renaud Lavoie.
Allaire, whose brother Benoit Allaire mentors Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, was Roy's goalie coach during his playing career. Francois Allaire also mentored Avs backup goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere in Anaheim and then Toronto, where Allaire stayed until he quit last September.
Adam Foote may return to the Colorado Avalanche soon but not in a major role.
Hockey reporter Adrian Dater of the Denver Post wrote that he's hearing this: "Adam Foote will be brought aboard as a part-time coach to work with defensemen. Foote doesn't want to travel much at all, because he wants to still coach his youngest son on his local youth team." With Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic both taking on a lot of responsibility with Colorado, there's been speculation that Foote would want to get involved in the new hierarchy, as well.
Paul Stastny is hoping that his outstanding effort in the World Championships will carry over to the 2013-14 season.
Stastny was the captain of the American team at the World Championships earlier this month and had seven goals and 15 points in 10 games to lead the United States to a bronze medal. "I tried to be loose and have fun, and it was fun playing with a young team, no expectations," Stastny said. "It was an honor to have the captaincy, a little nerve-wracking at first, but I got back to playing like I want to play, and not getting too caught up in what people want me to do, and just worry about what makes me successful. And that's what happened. We play a different style there. More puck movement, little more offensive, guys jumping in the play with the give-and-go player that I am." Stastny had nine goals and 24 points in 40 games last season but look for him to hit the 60 point mark if he is able to play a full season. Draft him accordingly.
Gabriel Landeskog thinks that he will remain the captain of the Colorado Avalanche next season.
The 20-year-old was named captain during the 2012-13 offseason but with new coach Patrick Roy saying he will make changes, it is possible that the former Avs netminder will go to someone older than the sophomore Landeskog to captain the team. Landeskog had nine goals and 17 points in 36 injury-filled games in 2013 after a 22 goal, 52 point rookie campaign. Look for a bounce back season from the talented Landeskog and do not be afraid to draft him in the middle rounds of most drafts.