20 observations on the Avalanche 

September, 26, 2013

Semyon VarlamovDoug Pensinger/Getty ImagesSemyon Varlamov will benefit from the coaching of Patrick Roy and Francois Allaire in 2013-14.
DENVER -- This summer, Patrick Roy went to see Semyon Varlamov in Montreal while the Colorado Avalanche starting goalie was training with teammate Jean-Sebastien Giguere and new Avs goalie coach Francois Allaire. Varlamov was coming off a disappointing season in which he finished with a career-low .903 save percentage. His 3.02 goals-against average was the worst of any goalie who played in at least 30 games. But if you talk to his teammates, he was as much a victim of the team around him than anything.

"We gave up so much, so many chances. Whether it's back doors or whether it's second chances," center Paul Stastny said Wednesday. "It's tough to look at the way we played."