Apr 17, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy speaks to the media after game one of the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center. The Avalanche won 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Roy impressed with Avalanche acquisitions this offseason

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Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy has admitted that he is impressed with the offseason moves made this summer by the franchise. He believes the team has the potential to be even better than last season.

The most noteworthy acquisition has been the signing of Jarome Iginla. “The addition of Iginla for us is very important,” Roy said. “I think he’s going to help our younger players continue to grow. It’s extremely positive.” Iginla had a great season with the Boston Bruins during the 2013-14 campaign and was tied for the team leader with 30 goals. Roy has made it common knowledge that Iginla will be expected to fill a top six forward position.

In addition, the Avalanche have acquired Brad Stuart from the San Jose Sharks as well as Daniel Briere from the Montreal Canadians. “Brad Stuart on defense will provide stability,” Roy said. “He’s gong to play some big minutes and can play with Erik Johnson on the top pair. We’re very confident with these additions. I htink we improved the team in an important way.”

Others brought to the lineup are defensemen Zach Redmond and forward Jesse Winchester. These two were signed to bring stronger depth to the current lines.

Bringing in experience is the goal the franchise is focusing on. The roster was already amazing going into the offseason and these acquisitions will only strengthen the lineup and give the Avs the chance to battle for the Stanley Cup in the coming season.

Roy, and the entire management staff, should definitely be pleased with all the moves the club has made.

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