Everyone knows all about the passion that new Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy has. It should come as no big surprise then that the team re-signed left winger Patrick Bordeleau last week. He led the team this season in hits and was second in penalty minutes. Every team needs at least one of those types of players who are out there basically to deliver hits and keep the opposition from going after the star player. The Avalanche made the right move here.
He may have only scored two goals and had three assists in 46 games this season for Colorado, but he brings a toughness that is perfect for what Roy will want to do. The new coach has made it very clear that he wants his team playing at a championship level from day one. Will that happen? It probably won’t right away but you need to protect players like P.A. Parenteau and Gabriel Landeskog from injury.
I’m sure Bordeleau will take the next three seasons doing that exact job after making his NHL debut this season at age 27. It was very smart of the team to make sure they kept Bordeleau on the roster moving forward. We are now in a league that can see a team go from worst to first within a year. I will be curious to see if Roy can lead this team in that direction. There appears to be a lot of things to like about the direction of the Avalanche. I may not have liked the move to get Roy as the new coach, but this move is exactly right for Colorado going forward.