Posted October 30, 2013 on AP on Fox
Sometimes, the shadow of Patrick Roy follows Semyon Varlamov around the ice. Breathing hard to catch up, too. At the conclusion of practice on Wednesday, the Colorado Avalanche coach tried to pull alongside his goaltender as he went through a cool-down session. Roy just wanted to track him down to tell Varlamov how pleased he was with the way he's been performing. After all, Varlamov's play in net has looked as efficient and effortless as, well, the Hall of Famer who's now coaching him. Off to a 7-1 start and among the league leaders in goals-against (1.76), Varlamov is thriving in the presence of Roy. ''I think Varly, today, when I said how proud I was the way he's bounced back, he had a big smile,'' Roy said. ''He was happy. I think as a player that's what you want to hear from your coach.'' Not just any coach, but Roy - one of the best to ever play the position. No pressure living up to his expectations. That's the thing: Roy has been as much of a confidant as coach, which...
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