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Evan’s NHL Daily: Reactions To Patrick Roy’s Hiring, Captain MacKinnon



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Seemingly the entire hockey world had something to say when news broke on Saturday that Patrick Roy was coming back to the NHL. I think everyone knew there was a chance it could happen, but until it does, you just never know.

With the Colorado Avalanche, the team went into Philadelphia and ended their road trip in style, with a big performance from what is currently their second line. We also learned that when the All-Star game rolls around, Nathan MacKinnon and Cale Makar will be teammates again.

All that and more in this Sunday edition of Evan’s Daily.

Colorado Hockey Now

Behind a Hat Trick from Logan O’Connor, the Avalanche went into Philadelphia and scored seven goals against a stingy Flyers team.

He’s baaaaaack. Patrick Roy makes his way back to the NHL as Head Coach of the Islanders.

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Patrick Roy Returns

After his abrupt resignation from the Avalanche back in 2016, no one knew if we would ever see Patrick Roy again in the NHL, but the greatest goaltender of all-time went back to the QMJHL and showed everyone he still had it. After winning the Memorial Cup, his name started to resurface as a coaching option, and on Sunday, the New York Islanders made the call. Lane Lambert is out, Patrick Roy is in.

Where do we even begin? Let’s start with NYI Hockey Now, who was in the opening press conference with Roy and Lamoriello.

The Islanders Need A Fire, Patrick Roy Is The Perfect Spark

Let’s take a look around the to get some reactions to the Islanders hiring Roy…

The most interesting part in all of this will be how Roy and Lamoriello operate together. On paper, it is a strange fit, but who knows? Maybe they make a great pair. I can’t wait to watch it all down. They couldn’t even make it through their first press conference together without Roy reminding them of what his Avalanche did to Lamoriello’s Devils back in 2001…

All-Star Captain

Nathan MacKinnon will be playing the role of GM at the NHL All-Star game, as he will be the Captain of one of the four teams, and seemingly responsible for drafting his squad. He won’t be alone, though. Cale Makar is his Assistant Captain, and he’ll have help in the form of Tate McRae. I’ll be honest, I don’t know who that is, but the All-Star game isn’t for me. Anything they can do to pull in new fans.

Here’s all the Captains with their celebrity Co-Captains.

Kovalenko Returns

As we had discussed earlier this week, Nikolai Kovalenko was nearing a return. On Sunday, he was back in the lineup for Torpedo, and they’ll certainly need him down the stretch, because they’ve dropped in the standings the last month. As I’m writing this, the game is about to start, so I’ll update later on how he did.

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