Avs' Roy Fears Being Traded

When the calendar turns to 2000, Colorado Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy believes he might be on the move.

Roy, who has a good chance to break the NHL career record for victories this season, has a no-trade clause that expires Jan. 1 and says he believes Colorado is grooming young prospect Marc Denis to replace him.

"I am not stupid," Roy told The Denver Post. "I see things. ... All I know is I won't be traded until at least Jan. 1."

Despite being only 30 victories shy of Terry Sawchuk's NHL record of 447, Roy expects to start fewer than 70 percent of his team's games for the first time since 1991. Coach Bob Hartley has informed him he is intent on giving regular work to the 22-year-old Denis.

Roy, who has played 15 years in the NHL, said he understands that no club can afford to keep two premier goalies for long.

"I know by the end of the season, this organization is going to have to make a decision on its goaltenders," Roy said.

Roy signed a contract in January paying him $7 million for this season and $7.5 million in 2000-2001. He could have become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

"I am very happy in Colorado," he said. "I love the fans. I love the city. That's why I wanted a no-trade clause. But the club did not want to give me a no-trade cause for the entire contract. I can respect that."

Roy has led both the Montreal Canadiens and Avalanche to Stanley Cup victories and is a strong candidate for the Hall of Fame after retirement.

Denis was Colorado's first-round draft pick in 1995.

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