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by George Malik on 10/17/13 at 02:11 PM ET
Updated 4x at 4:15 PM: This should be interesting, per the Denver Post's Adrian Dater:
Patrick Roy and Chris Osgood went face-to-face at the Avalanche's morning skate Thursday, just like those bloody good old times. But you know the famous rivalry between them has cooled down when you realize that Roy, the Avs coach, was scheduled to sit down for an interview with Osgood, a Detroit television color analyst.
"I'm looking forward to it," Roy said after the Avs' morning skate at the Pepsi Center, where his unbeaten team will host the Red Wings. "We had some great battles together with the Red Wings, but at the same time it's going to be fun to do it."
The interview's slated to air on Fox Sports Detroit's pre-game show at 8:30 PM.
The amazing thing about the whole Avs-Wings rivalry is how unlikely it all was. Roy getting kicked out of Montreal, to go to the team formerly known as the provincial rival Quebec Nordiques? Claude Lemieux getting a botched contract offer from New Jersey, right after winning a Conn Smythe Trophy with New Jersey and a Cup finals sweep of Detroit, and coming to Colorado? Colorado, getting a team from a place like Quebec?
The odds would have been placed at more than a million to one, of that all coalescing. But it happened, and the people of Denver were the beneficiaries of this lottery ticket.
It's time to move on, though. Roy realizes this. When asked about the great rivalry Wednesday, he paid it proper homage, but it was in the funereal sense. Let's not keep living in the past, Roy said, pining for days that can never be repeated. Let the past rest in its peace, albeit after all that non-peace.
He's right. We'll never replicate the Beatles on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in New York. We'll never replicate Apollo 11 landing on the moon. We'll never replicate side one of Led Zeppelin IV.
Best thing to do is just appreciate it for what it was. We'll never be able to go back, but we do have the memories. Thursday night at the Pepsi Center, Roy's team will face Detroit's team again. Everything will seem just like it was, just for a second. And then, belatedly, reality will intervene.
Update #2: The Free Press's Helene St. James reports that all went well:
Roy spent a chunk of time after the morning skates today being interviewed by FSD analyst Chris Osgood, for a segment that will air during tonight's broadcast. Roy and Osgood famously fought on April 1, 1998, a year after Roy duked it out with Wings goalie Mike Vernon during the epic March 26, 1997, game at Joe Louis Arena.
Osgood called today’s interview "great.”
“It was a lot of fun. Didn't really know what to expect from my first-ever interview. Trial by fire, I guess, to start with that interview. But it was fun. He's a very, very smart man. It was great to talk to him."
Update #4: Here's Osgood speaking with the Free Press's Helene St. James:
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