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Roy Wants To Finish With Avalanche

October 4, 2000

DENVER (AP) _ Patrick Roy, on the verge of becoming the NHL’s winningest goalie, wants to finish his career with the Colorado Avalanche.

Roy entered Wednesday night’s season opener at Dallas just four victories shy of Terry Sawchuk’s record 447 wins. He can become an unrestricted agent next July 1 if he doesn’t sign a contract extension before.

``My family loves it here, I love it here, and this organization has always treated me very well,″ said Roy, who signed a two-year, $15 million contract extension during the 1998-99 season. ``For me, there is not a better place to play.″

Roy’s current deal contains a partial no-trade clause, but it is not known if the veteran of 15 NHL seasons is seeking a similar clause in a new contract.

``In my case, there’s no rush, but I’m very happy here and it’s up to the organization in this matter,″ said Roy, who will turn 35 on Thursday.

Roy did not bring up the no-trade issue on Tuesday. General manager Pierre Lacroix refused to grant captain Joe Sakic such a clause over the summer.

Sakic said he wanted to finish his career in Colorado, but only with a contract that guaranteed he could. Talks broke off over the issue, and Sakic may leave for free agency next summer.

Roy, a three-time winner of the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goalie, was acquired by the Avalanche in a five-player trade with Montreal on Dec. 6, 1995.

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