Colorado Avalanche GM Joe Sakic met with the media before puck drop of the season finale against the the Anaheim Ducks. Among the key things Sakic said, he emphatically stated Patrick Roy will return as Head Coach in 2016-17 after his team crashed and burned down the stretch in the midst of a playoff push.

Sakic began by talking about how his team left a number of points on the table, which proved to be the team’s fatal flaw down the stretch as they couldn’t finish games at the end of the season.

There was plenty of talk about the core of the team and the need for improvement from the top of the organization to the bottom.

Roy stated there will be no venturing into free agency and signing older players to long-term deals, a departure from his previous years in which Jarome Iginla, Brad Stuart, and Francois Beauchemin were all signed to multi-year deals despite being 35 or older.

You can listen to the full audio of the Sakic press conference below:

AJ Haefele

This Aurora, Colorado native moved to Katy, Texas at a young age but found himself right back at home in 2009 and would begin covering the Avalanche a year later.

Before joining BSN Denver, A.J. had been writing for and briefly managed the popular Avalanche blog, Mile High Hockey. A.J. has been providing detailed practice reports, training camp coverage, and in-depth looks at the Avalanche and their divisional foes since 2010.

  • nemesis44uk

    So Roy is definitely seeing this new season out?

    I hope he has the intestinal fortitude to fire his hopeless defence coach and go back to basics with his team.

    Accountability is all well and good, but rather than calling out Duchene’s celebration, why not call out Gabriel Landeskog’s double suspension this year? To miss games at a critical time of year is unfathomable. Especially when Duchene and Mackinnon are out, injured.

    To paraphrase Kanye West – “The Avs got 99 problems, but Duchene ain’t one.”