Avs open training camp shorthanded

Old faces. Patrick Roy is gone.

"Surprised and shocked. Disappointed obviously," said defenseman Francois Beauchemin of Patrick Roy's sudden resignation this summer. "I had a good relationship with Patrick."

New faces. Jared Bednar is now in charge.

"To get on the ice and start working toward what we're trying to accomplish is exciting and looking forward to (Friday)," said Bednar.

And missing faces. Many of the Avs top players are in Canada competing at the World Cup of Hockey. It's not exactly ideal with the team trying to open training camp under a new coach.

"In a perfect world you'd probably have them all here for training camp," said forward Jarome Iginla. "But at the same time they are getting some great games and some high speed competition."

In fact Bednar wouldn't have it any other way. He enjoys that the likes of Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene, Nathan MacKinnon, and more are seeing quality competition in Toronto.

"To have those guys off playing meaningful games against the worlds best I think it's something you can't replace," Bednar told 9NEWS.

Practice number one is on Friday and Bednar has three weeks to get his team ready to face-off with Dallas on opening night.

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