Avs Quick Hits for Today and Exclusives from the Avs Teleconference
The Avs have waived defensemen Greg Zanon and Matt Hunwick.
Former Avs forward TJ Galiardi has been traded by the San Jose Sharks to the Calgary Flames for a 2015 fourth-round draft pick. The Flames signed him to a one-year $1.25 million deal.
Former head coach Joe Sacco has been hired as an assistant coach by the Buffalo Sabres.
The Avs did not give forward Aaron Palushaj a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent.
The following are straight from Patrick Roy and Joe Sakic from today's season ticket holder teleconference, which I was privileged to be a part of.
Roy: "(Tyson) Barrie will start (with the Avs) at the beginning of the year."
Roy: "(Francois) Allaire will meet with Varly in Switzerland this summer to work on his game."
Sakic: "We're pretty sure (Nathan MacKinnon) will be on our opening night roster."
Roy: "(Nathan MacKinnon) will be on our opening night roster, there's no doubt in my mind."
Roy: "Chris Bigras could surprise everyone and make the team."
Roy: "I am not a dump-and-chase coach."
Roy: Avs D-pairings: Wilson-Johnson, Hejda-Barrie, Elliott-Sarich
Roy on goalie rankings: In the 1984 draft, the top-ranked goalie was Craig Billington. In the 3rd round, there was a guy named Patrick Roy.
Roy on Zanon and Hunwick being waived: "When you finish 29th, you want to make some changes."
Sakic: "We project that Duncan (Siemens) will start the year in Lake Erie."
Sakic: "We don't want to overpay for free agents."
Roy: "I was thinking MacKinnon could live with Jiggy. Hopefully Jiggy will be open to that."
Sakic and Roy: "We want to show transparency to our fans. Our fans are important to us."