It’s Colorado Avalanche day at PHT

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Give Patrick Roy credit for this much: he has a way of throwing the sort of earth-shaking tantrums that sort of make you forget what happened before them.

Then again, maybe the 2015-16 season feels a little less memorable because of its parallels to the 2014-15 campaign before it.

In both cases, the Avalanche continued their Roy-era run of getting pummeled from a possession standpoint to a downright jarring degree.

Despite the familiarity, this past round was more bruising. Their 82 standings points represents the low point of Roy’s three-season run and the fifth time in six seasons that Colorado failed to make the playoffs.

The once-proud franchise hasn’t won a playoff series since 2007-08. Maybe a painful adjustment might accelerate the Avs’ ascent?

Off-season

The story of this summer is far from finished, as the Avalanche still must go about hastily replacing Roy.

If you can put that distraction aside for a minute in focusing on Colorado, there were signs that the sometimes-explosive franchise is starting to gain its footing.

Rather than make splashy signings – something Roy may have wanted – the Avalanche focused on modest value moves such as signing Joe Colborne and Rocco Grimaldi.

Most importantly, they committed to the still-promising core pieces with new contracts for Nathan MacKinnon and Tyson Barrie. Considering how affordable those deals are, big-picture optimism isn’t that tough to come by.

What about 2016-17 in particular, though? PHT will ponder questions surrounding the team, even beyond the elephant in the room that is the head coaching situation.