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New Avs coach, but same deep roster

Originally Published: August 27, 2004
By Terry Frei | Special to ESPN.com

When the Colorado Avalanche exited the playoffs in the second round against San Jose, the perceived underachievement raised a couple of issues:

1. Whose fault was it?

2. Did the likely return of Peter Forsberg to Sweden and the possibility of a salary cap in the next NHL season -- whenever that is -- mean the franchise is headed for a significant regression after a decade among the league's elite?

Avalanche general manager Pierre Lacroix was adamant the day after the Colorado ...

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