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DENVER -- The shock and surprise of Patrick Roys departure is wearing off. Rod Brind Amour Jersey .Now its time to get back to business for the Colorado Avalanche, who open training camp Friday under first-time NHL coach Jared Bednar after Roys stunning decision to walk away last month.Everybody in here liked (Patrick), said defenseman Francois Beauchemin, who signed with the Avalanche in July 2015 partly because of Roy. We were happy. But we didnt have the success we wanted to.The Avs are coming off a season in which they missed the playoffs for a second straight year . Their offseason moves basically consisted of bringing in center Joe Colborne and defenseman Fedor Tyutin, along with signing defenseman Tyson Barrie (four years, $22 million) and forward Nathan MacKinnon (seven years, $44.1 million).Of course, there was also losing their head coach as Roy cited disagreements within the organization for his split.I didnt see it coming at all, 39-year-old forward Jarome Iginla said. But at the same time if that was the way he felt, you just move forward. As players, were excited now to get the season going and learn some new things and get at it.Heres the quick background on Bednar : He led the Lake Erie Monsters, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Columbus Blue Jackets, to the 2016 Calder Cup title. The former defenseman played nine seasons of professional hockey but never made it to the NHL until being hired to fill a surprise head coaching vacancy.Bednars still learning about a roster that features a top-notch goaltender in Semyon Varlamov, and scoring threats such as Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene and MacKinnon. Bednar will have to wait a little while longer to catch a glimpse of them in person, though, because theyre all playing at the World Cup of Hockey in Toronto.MacKinnon scored a nifty OT goal to help Team North America win on Wednesday.You look at the way those guys are playing there, the way theyre competing, the prominent roles theyre playing, the success theyre having, Im excited for those guys and the opportunity they have there, Bednar said. But well be equally as excited to get them back and join our team.Bednar has watched plenty of film of the Avalanche from last season. Enough to get a feel for the strengths (team speed) and weaknesses, which included another sluggish start to the season.If we put in the work and come prepared to work with the right habits and were doing the right things, paying attention to detail, then well get the results we want down the road -- early in the season and later on, Bednar said.He still plans on having Landeskog keep the captains C on his sweater. But other leaders have yet to be determined.I expect everyone to take somewhat of a leadership role, Bednar said. We all have to lead whether were wearing a letter or not.The team brought in Rene Bourque on a professional tryout contract. He played 49 games with Columbus last season and had eight points.They like the type of player I am and they think I can be a good fit if I show them I can still play in the preseason, the 34-year-old Bourque said. I think I do have lots left.Colborne joins Colorado coming off his most productive NHL season. He scored 19 goals and had 25 assists for Calgary in 2015-16. The versatile forward knows his way around the Mile High City after playing collegiately for the University of Denver. He was at the rink of his college the day he found out about Roys exit.Theres so much respect for him throughout this city and throughout the league, Colborne said. Sometimes, you have to do things that are for personal reasons. Right now, though, just talking with our new coach, (Bednar) seems like hes already bought in and ready to go. Theres a lot of excitement among us guys to have him at the helm. Carolina Hurricanes Jerseys . Paul Pierce couldnt believe he missed at the end. Young scored a season-high 26 points to spark a huge effort from the leagues most productive bench, and Los Angeles beat the Brooklyn Nets 99-94 on Wednesday night after blowing a 27-point lead. Justin Faulk Jersey . At a news conference Tuesday where it was thought that the fiery Schallibaum may be shown the door after a dismal finish to the Major League Soccer season, team president Joey Saputo said no decision has been made on whether the Swiss Volcano will be back in 2014. http://www.hockeyhurricanes.com/customized/ .2 billion agreement with Rogers Communications for the leagues broadcast and multimedia rights. For many Tennessee fans, watching last Thursdays overtime win over Appalachian State was like being caught in a bad dream that you couldnt wake up from.?The plight of Vols fans in their opener couldnt ?be summed up better than from a second grader in Tennessee, who subsequently vented in class about the game. ?The Vols will have a bigger test this Saturday?in the Battle of Bristol against Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway (8 p.ddddddddddddm. ET, ABC). ?Lets hope for the sake of second-grade learning that it wont cause any sleepless nights. ??-John F. Silver ' ' '

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