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Avs Need To Find A “Vezina-Worthy Goalie”

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Hiring Roy was an inspired idea. Kudos to Avs president Josh Kroenke for a bold stroke to change the culture of a slumbering franchise.

The only way this move could have been better is if Roy could lose 40 pounds, shed 15 years and get back to work between the pipes, instead of on the bench for Colorado.

His first job as coach should be to find the Avs a top-notch, stand-on-the-head, Vezina-worthy goalie the team has lacked since some guy named Roy left the building in 2003....

Everything about Varlamov, from his goals-against average to his save percentage, shouts: Average. Pedestrian. Ho-hum.

We've seen Saint Patrick, and Varly is no Saint Patrick.

Nobody in sports during the past 30 years, from Tiger Woods to Lance Armstrong to Michael Jordan, is a more passionate, demanding winner than Roy.


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SYF's avatar

Nobody in sports during the past 30 years, from Tiger Woods to Lance Armstrong to Michael Jordan, is a more passionate, demanding winner than Roy.

Hyperbole, much???

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 05/24/13 at 07:36 PM ET

Primis's avatar

This is all so laughable.  So completely laughable.

#1) The Avs need a lot more than a goalie.

#2) History indicates Roy’s tenure will be full of failure, much like every other coach hired out of junior, or every other former-great hired to coach.

#3) Expecting a head coach to have an impact on coaching goalies is… missing the point of what head coaching is.  That’s why there are these wonderful things called goalie coaches and tutors…

#4) When it does then all end, as Chris Peters noted on Twitter yesterday, “It will end spectacularly”.

There is not one single shred of data or evidence that suggest that hiring Roy will succeed, and loads of evidence and data to suggest it will end poorly.  Anyone claiming otherwise needs to find something other than hockey to follow.

Posted by Primis on 05/24/13 at 07:45 PM ET

igrover's avatar

And so it begins - Roy the coach will always be battling the ghost of Roy the player.  And he will lose.

Posted by igrover on 05/24/13 at 08:07 PM ET


They had that goalie in Craig Anderson and gave up on him because they don’t know how to retain players by keeping good relations with them.  Instead they traded for varlomov and now he’s ready to give up on him (though I think Varlomov has the potential if he had a real team in front of him).

Posted by Josey Wales on 05/24/13 at 09:40 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

Nobody in sports during the past 30 years, except Tiger Woods and Lance Armstrong, is a poorer representative of the true spirit of their sport than Patrick “Crazyman” Roy.

There. Fixed.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 05/25/13 at 12:20 AM ET

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