In fact, it's reasonable to question both hirings as nothing more than a futile exercise in nostalgia, a sign this once-great franchise has run out of ideas and is making a desperate attempt at regaining a shred of its former relevance.
There are more familiar faces on Roy's coaching staff, as Adam Foote is there to serve as defensive coach and Francois Allaire -- Roy's former goaltending coach from his playing days -- is in Denver to mentor No. 1 netminder Semyon Varlamov.
Although this will be Roy's first coaching job at the NHL level, since retiring from the game after the 2002-03 season he has served as an executive and bench boss for the Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL. Perhaps his experience as a junior coach will lead to a better rapport with Colorado's roster of young prospects.
Like Jake and Elwood Blues, Colorado is getting the band back together, but it's anybody guess if the new regime can get this struggling franchise to sing a different tune.
FORWARDS - Although Colorado has missed the postseason each of the last three seasons, it's not like Roy will be without talent in his rookie season as an NHL head coach.
Most of Colorado's impressive youngsters are on the offensive side, where Nathan MacKinnon, the first overall pick of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, joins former high draft selections like Matt Duchene, Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan O'Reilly.
Duchene, the third overall pick in the 2009 draft, rebounded from a down season in 2011-12 with a strong showing during the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign. The 22-year-old centerman had 14 goals and 14 assists in just 58 games during an injury-plagued season in 2011-12, but managed to record 17 goals and 43 points in 47 games last year.
Colorado is going to try to give Duchene a new left winger by switching O'Reilly from his natural center position. Duchene and O'Reilly reportedly butted heads over the latter player's contract holdout that caused him to miss the beginning of last season, but by all accounts that rift is in the past.
After recording 55 points (18G, 37A) in 81 games with the Avs in 2011-12, O'Reilly struggled at times in 2013 and ended with six goals and 14 assists in 29 games.
Speaking of struggles, Landeskog, the second overall pick of the 2011 draft, followed up his Calder Trophy-winning season of 2011-12. Perhaps, it was the pressure of being named the youngest captain in NHL history in September of 2012 led to the young Swede recording just nine goals and eight assists in 36 games last season.
The Avs hope Landeskog, who won't turn 21 years of age until Nov. 23, used 2013 as a learning experience and that he can get back to the form he displayed in 2011-12, when the winger recorded 22 goals and 52 points in 82 games. Colorado doesn't seem too worried about the sophomore slump, as it gave Landeskog a huge vote of confidence over the summer by signing him to a seven- year, $39 million extension.
MacKinnon's arrival was the impetus to move O'Reilly to left wing and the 18- year-old could play third-line center behind Duchene and Paul Stastny. MacKinnon led his junior club, the Portland Winterhawks, to a Memorial Cup title last season and Colorado hopes his winning pedigree translates to the NHL game.
Stastny, 27, is a steady performer who has scored 20 goals or more in every season in which he's appeared in at least 66 games. He had nine goals and 15 assists over 40 games in 2013.