The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - December 27th, 2013

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Bettman upheld the 15 game suspension for Thornton.

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman has upheld the 15-game suspension that was assessed to Boston Bruins forward Shawn Thornton for his actions in a game against Pittsburgh earlier this month.

Thornton, who appealed the ban last week, was suspended for punching and injuring an unsuspecting opponent in a game at Boston on Dec. 7. He slew-footed Penguins defenceman Brooks Orpik to the ice and landed gloved punches to his head.

Is the honeymoon period over for Jets fans?

The honeymoon is over for the Winnipeg Jets and their fans.

Tickets, once hard to come by, are now readily available. Those who do attend have booed their 16-18-5 team for inconsistent play that has the club sitting near the bottom of its new, tough Central Division.

Armchair general managers call for roster changes to the transplanted ex-Atlanta Thrashers team, while well-liked coach Claude Noel has had his job security questioned.

Players are fed up, too.

Frederick Roy has a bit of a fiery temper. Luckily no VCR's were around.

With his team, the AHL’s Rochester Americans, on their way to a 5-0 loss after being frustrated late in the game, Roy was ejected as time expired after trying to fight Cody Almond of Switzerland’s Geneva-Servette.

Upon exiting the rink, Roy, the son of Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy, yelled at the opposing bench and was visibly agitated while walking to the dressing room. He threw a stick and began kicking a coffee machine. He also insulted the Swiss cameraman who filmed his rampage in the bowels of the arena.

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