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?
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.