Odds are strong that the Avalanche will play an outdoor game at Coors Field next season. Rockies owner Dick Monfort has said his team has been in discussion with the Avs and NHL about it, and the director of sports and entertainment marketing at MillerCoors, Adam Dettman, has publicly stated the beer company's desire to host a game in Denver.
Alumni games often accompany the main event. Would Patrick Roy put the pads back on to play goalie again in such a game?
"I'd have to think about it," the Avalanche coach said.
The most popular opponent in an Avs alumni game would be the Detroit Red Wings, who have been a trendy choice for the NHL in outdoor games. MillerCoors is the biggest sponsor of the NHL's outdoor game series, which featured six games this season. That number could drop next season, but the NHL has yet to finalize plans for the games.
The success of the game played at Dodger Stadium this year improved the chances of other warm-weather cities to host a similar game.
Roy has never donned the pads in an Avalanche uniform since retiring in 2003. He did take part in a "practice" with other legendary Montreal Canadiens as part of a 100th anniversary ceremony in 2010 at the Bell Centre.
Footnote. The Avalanche had no update Sunday on the condition of center Paul Stastny, who missed most of Saturday's home game against the St. Louis Blues because of a bad back. Stastny missed two games with back spasms this season, including one against the Blues. He seemed to suffer his latest injury when he took a check from Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester in the first minute of the game.
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WINNIPEG AT COLORADO
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Spotlight on Blake Wheeler: The former Boston Bruin has probably been the Jets' most consistent player all season. He has excellent speed and good hands and will merit close attention from Avalanche checkers. Wheeler, a Minnesota native, starred for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers and was the fifth overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft by Phoenix.
Avalanche: Semyon Varlamov will get the start in net for Colorado, which is coming off a 2-1 loss to St. Louis on Saturday. ... Center Matt Duchene has a career-high seven-game point streak (three goals, eight assists). ... Ryan O'Reilly has a six-game streak (three goals, seven assists). ... The Avs are 2-0-1 against Winnipeg. ... Winger P.A. Parenteau has four goals since the NHL returned from the Olympic break.
Jets: Winnipeg is coming off a home loss to Ottawa and is 2-3-2 in its last seven games. ... The Jets won nine of their first 11 games under coach Paul Maurice, who replaced Claude Noel, but have since cooled. ... The Jets entered Sunday five points behind Dallas for the eighth-place playoff spot in the West. ... The last time a team named the Winnipeg Jets made the NHL playoffs was 1996, in their former incarnation. That franchise relocated to Phoenix. The former Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg in 2011. The Thrashers, originally an expansion team, made the playoffs only once as a franchise.
Adrian Dater, The Denver Post