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Roy makes waves early, says Avalanche should explore trading #1 overall pick

As noted by NHL.com's staff, new Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy let the bombshells fly during the press conference introducing him as the team's coach and VP of hockey operations, including an willingness to trade the #1 overall draft pick:

The Colorado Avalanche own the No. 1 pick in next month's NHL Draft after winning the lottery. According to new coach Patrick Roy, that doesn't mean they'll be the first team to make a selection at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on June 30.

Roy said he has told executive vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic that the Avalanche need to examine the possibility of dealing the top pick. Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones and Halifax Mooseheads forwards Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin are expected to be the top three players drafted -- not necessarily in that order.

"All are premier players," Roy said at his introductory press conference Tuesday. "At the end of the day, it's going to be an organization decision. We have scouts that have been watching game after game and they have their input. Joe and [team president] Josh [Kroenke] are the final say.

"Regardless of what we're going to do, we have to make the best decision. Maybe the best is to trade it. Maybe the best is to keep it. At the end, we'll see what's on the table."

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MoreShoot's avatar

Filppula and Lashoff, straight up trade.  smile

Posted by MoreShoot on 05/29/13 at 10:58 AM ET


All a smoke screen, I have to think they are already pressing up the Jones’ jerseys.

Posted by Chris M on 05/29/13 at 11:11 AM ET

SYF's avatar

“At the end of the day, it’s going to be an organization decision. We have scouts that have been watching game after game and they have their input. Joe and [team president] Josh [Kroenke] are the final say.

So much for the “VP of Hockey Operations” part of his title.

Posted by SYF from Twerkin' with Anastasia Ashley on 05/29/13 at 11:21 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

exactly SYF.  I was trying to think of any coach, new hire at that, that would get out on the podium in the first week and start telling the press what the front office needs to do.  Classic Roy.

I LOVE that Frk plays alongside McKinnon and Drouin.  Can ONLY make him better and considering how good these players are supposed to be, it’s GOTTA be rubbin’ off on him.  Excited for him to hit GR next year.

What would you do if Roy said he’d trade you the first over-all for Datsyuk?  Not that it’d ever happen.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/29/13 at 11:31 AM ET

detroitredwings's avatar

Quincy for 1 round pick? wink

Posted by detroitredwings on 05/29/13 at 11:36 AM ET

Red Winger's avatar

Oh, this will be fun

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/29/13 at 04:19 PM ET

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