The Colorado Avalanche: News from around the NHL - April 15th, 2014

Doug Pensinger

If you are traveling through the Denver International Airport you will hear a voice that might hear familiar. I cannot explain how much I hope the Wild go through DIA (includes link to audio).

When the Minnesota Wild arrive in Denver for their playoff series, Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog will be there to welcome them.

Landeskog will now address all fans and arrivals at Denver International Airport as he voiced a greeting for the train that goes between concourses.

I love seeing all these stories coming out proclaiming Roy as a genius. Gives me hope about his chances at an individual trophy!

What's the difference between winning and losing? It's the age-old question that has been asked by everyone who has ever played, coached, covered or attended a sporting event.

During the past few months, the Mile High City has served as a sports laboratory of sorts.

A year ago at this time, the Colorado Avalanche had just completed one of their worst-ever seasons. With a final record of 16-25-7 during a lockout-shortened season, the team had posted just 39 points, the second-lowest mark in the entire NHL. It was a low point in franchise history, a hole that looked as though it would swallow up the team for years to come.

And another one!

There’s no question Roy was a great player, but many wondered if he could be an effective NHL coach. He certainly didn’t lack in confidence as he talked about this Avs team as a playoff contender back in August at a golf outing.

“Honestly, I’d be very disappointed if we don’t and I truly believe that we are a playoff team,” Roy said at the golf outing. “It’s going to be a battle, I won’t lie to you. But I think we’re going to improve as a team and our guys are going to be excited to come and play.”

It made fans wonder if Roy was fully aware of the team he was inheriting. In the previous season the Avs had gone 16-25-7 and finished dead last in the division. But this wasn’t last season and Roy sent a message on Day 1 that things would be different.

“For me … and I think I can speak for a lot of the guys, Day 1 of camp it was different. I could tell we weren’t going to be an underachieving team anymore. We were going to be an overachieving team, if anything, and live up to our potential,” Avs center Matt Duchene said. “We have so much potential on this team from top to bottom.

“We weren’t going to be hitting the golf course early this year, that’s for sure.”

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