News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links around the NHL - May 29th, 2013

Doug Pensinger

Marc Staal may never regain 100% of his vision.

"Scary injury," he said. "One of the first things, when you're sitting on the table, going through your head is if you're going to be able to see again. I was fortunate it wasn't worse."

Staal was able to return for one game -- Game 3 of the Rangers' first-round series against the Washington Capitals.

But he struggled as his eye pressure would "spike and dip, and when it did, I would get disoriented. It was tough to get through practice, never mind trying to play in a game."

The Phoenix Coyote saga continues.

Last week, the NHL agreed to sell the team to Renaissance Sports and Entertainment, a group headed by Canadian investors George Gosbee, Anthony LeBlanc and Daryl Jones. Their deal is contingent upon reaching a lease agreement for Arena with the city of Glendale.

The potential owners joined NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and deputy dommissioner Bill Daly in Glendale on Tuesday, meeting first with Glendale mayor Jerry Weier, then with city council members to begin lease-agreement talks.

If you hadn't heard yet, Patrick Roy is the new Colorado Avalanche head coach.

Colorado has missed the playoffs the last three seasons, and attendance has lagged in recent years. Roy has promised to ice an lineup that works hard every night and is connected to the fans.

"We might not win a Stanley Cup next year … but one thing I know, we're going to have a Stanley Cup attitude," he said. "And I think that's going to carry us a long way."

Colorado have several talented young forwards such as captain Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene and Ryan O'Reilly. The team will also select first in what is considered one of the most talented drafts in years, with another pick in the No. 32 spot.

Here is another good article about Roy.

Still, there are some that believe Roy was a nostalgic hire by the Avalanche, a chance to bring back a fan favorite from the glory days.

"Fair enough to hear that," said Roy, who's won four Stanley Cups, including two with Montreal. "It doesn't bother me one bit. I don't want to sound cocky by saying this and I don't have a crystal ball, but there's not too many rookie coaches saying they're coaching after winning four Stanley Cups as a player and a Memorial Cup as a coach."

See, he's mellowed.

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