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Avalanche handle 'weird timing' of coaching change

Patrick Roy resignation reportedly 'shocked and disappointed' some players

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Colorado Avalanche players still are adjusting to the timing of coach Patrick Roy's resignation almost one month after it happened.

"He obviously has his reasons and you have to respect his decision," defenseman Francois Beauchemin told The Denver Post on Wednesday. "Everybody thinks it's weird timing, and we're a little shocked and disappointed with his decision, but you have to respect it and move on."

Roy resigned as coach and vice president of hockey operations on Aug. 11, when he said he didn't think he had enough input in player personnel decisions, a claim general manager Joe Sakic refuted. Jared Bednar was named Avalanche coach on Aug. 25.

Video: Patrick Roy resigns in Colorado

"I was pretty surprised, caught off guard with how it happened," forward Blake Comeau said. "It's a different situation, being so close to camp and how things went down. As a player, you just make sure you're ready to go with whatever circumstances may be. I went in and quickly introduced myself to Jared yesterday. It's going to be a bit of a learning curve the next couple weeks, and then you have the World Cup [of Hockey 2016] with guys missing. It really is an odd month with everything going on. As players, we have to learn to adjust and adapt."

The Avalanche have not made the Stanley Cup Playoffs the past two seasons after winning the Central Division in Roy's first season, 2013-14.

"You look at different coaching changes over time with different teams, different years, different sports, whatever it is; the coach has a big impact on the team," forward Jarome Iginla said. "I don't know what the new systems, the new styles will be, but we'll find out soon enough. But guys here are hungry and not happy about the last two years. We faltered down the stretch last year. We feel we could be better than we have been. We feel like a lot of guys are coming into their prime and I think we can be a really good team."

Iginla reflected on playing for Roy.

"I enjoyed my time to get to know Patty, and obviously he's a very successful and passionate guy, and a very interesting guy to play for," Iginla said. "I wish him well."

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