Everybody forgets this about Patrick Roy’s final season with the Avalanche as coach: The team was among the top eight in the Western Conference with 11 games to go. The Avs were a playoff team under Roy to that point, before Matt Duchene got hurt, Semyon Varlamov finally proved mortal and Roy lost patience with them and several other…

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Adrian Dater

Adrian Dater has been covering the Avs since their inception. In 2015, he became the lead NHL national columnist with Bleacher Report, where he worked until 2017 before joining BSN Denver.