It’s human nature when something doesn’t go the way you wanted or expected to overreact and make monumental changes. The Colorado Avalanche need to reject this natural reaction and look to stay on the track that they’re on.
Regardless of their season coming to a premature end this is still a damn good hockey team with an insanely bright future. While right now any Avalanche fan or member of the organization will not be able to look back on this season as anything but a complete failure, it wasn’t. Winning takes time and is not something that just happens overnight. Very rarely do you see championship teams born overnight in the NHL.
Take the most recent Stanley Cup Champs for example. They didn’t wake up and just become champions last season, it was a process that was years in the making and built through trial and error. For instance their insane regular season of 2018-2019 where they just blew everyone away and by Thanksgiving everyone was already crowning them Cup champs. Nobody in their right mind thought they’d be bounced out by the Columbus Blue Jackets because let’s face it, the teams were in two different atmospheres in terms of talent. However, Columbus played a style that Tampa couldn’t and Tampa couldn’t adjust and they were swept.
Instead of acting out of a state of emotion, Julien BriseBois took a measured approach and tried to understand why they couldn’t get the job done. They decided they needed to add more grit and grinding to their game and it led to the acquisitions of Pat Maroon, Blake Coleman, and Barclay Goodrow.
I can see so many similarities between this years Avalanche and the 18-19 Lightning.
Colorado has all the skill in the world but this postseason against Vegas it showed that when they get punched in the mouth they can’t quite recover. It also didn’t help that Nazem Kadri missed the entire series due to his suspension. Kadri is a player who definitely plays with an edge and sometimes, mostly in the playoffs, over the edge. Kadri is one player whose game is well suited for the playoffs because he plays that greasy game that’s needed to win in the postseason. The key is, he needs to play and not cross the line. Had he been dressed, one could argue Vegas is not able to get off the mat like they did in game 5 and instead are knocked out.
Joe Sakic has shown he’s not one to overreact and he will take a measured approach in anything he does. Don’t believe me, go look at the Matt Duchene situation and how he waited until he got HIS deal. This isn’t a GM who will act off of emotion or knee jerk reactions because it’s what fans want. Sakic must take that same approach this offseason and be very deliberate in all his actions and not look for a quick fix because this team is still extremely good and will be good for years to come. This series was a learning experience and it’s one that will do well for this franchise when they reach the top of the NHL mountain yet again.Embed from Getty Images