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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Patrick Roy to Coach the Colorado Avalanche?

The speculation began even before Quenneville was let go. With Patrick Roy having begun a coaching career, everyone wondered if Roy would ever coach the Colorado Avalanche.

Now that Quenneville is gone, the speculation starts in earnest as the two most common names being bandied about are renowned 3-time Jack Adams award winning and Stanley Cup winning coach Pat Burns along with one of the most famous - or infamous - goaltenders of all time, Patrick Roy.

But not only did St. Patrick grow infamous as a goaltender with a penchant for the dramatic and the ability to get in players heads, he has grown infamous behind the bench of the Quebec Remparts.

In his first year coaching the Remparts, Roy led the team to a Memorial Cup championship. It was only the 7th time that a rookie coach has won the Memorial Cup. I was in Quebec the day the team paraded down the streets and you could feel a sense of aura around the team and Patrick. It's an aura that seems to follow him around like a shadow.

However that aura quickly turned dark the following year as Roy was involved in two incidents which reminded everyone of his quick and fiery temper. Following a game against rival Chicoutimi, a group of Chicoutimi fans swarmed the Remparts bus. Roy got out and in the scuffle was alleged to have struck Chicoutimi co-owner Pierre Cardinal.

Roy stayed on as coach, the media firestorm subsided and the Remparts marched on to the playoffs. Then during a 10-1 beat down at the hands of Chicoutimi, a brawl broke out which saw goaltender Jonathon Roy, Patrick's son, fly down the ice and attack Chicoutimi's goaltender, who was not even close to a willing participant. Shortly after the scuffle was broken up, Jonathon flipped off the Chicoutimi crowd.

Why does this reflect poorly on Patrick? Well, it would appear he urged his son on. Watch closely after the ref initially restrains Roy and you'll see Patrick make a gesture to the effect of "Get the F down there!" The result was a 5-game suspension for the elder Roy and 7 games for junior.

Francois Giguere has gone on the record stating the next coach for the Avalanche must be willing to play a high-tempo, puck possession game. It will also need to be someone who will hold players accountable for mistakes and not be so easy-going.*

He has said nothing to the effect of wanting a hot-tempered coach that will need to be handled with kid gloves lest he destroy another office.

*That last part was stated on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada last night and I couldn't find a clip to share.

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Patrick Roy and son (with story on Hartley office trashing)


Tapeleg said...

Again, looking for that "hell" option, as in "Hell No!!!"

Is he going to start making Budaj take on the opposing goalie?

Shane Giroux said...

I actually had an "Other" option in there just for you but I didn't like the way it functioned. Sorry :)

I think it would be 6 months tops before we say the lovable Flanders turn into a seething, fire breathing dragon. It wouldn't be pretty.

Anonymous said...

I'd have to say no to this one, as much as i love Roy, I just dont see guys like joey or footer or foppa taking orders from him, it would seem just a little odd, I'm hoping for either Burns, possibly Paul Maurice, I think he would whip the boys into shape

Shane Giroux said...

It would be a bit odd and I think it's a minor consideration for Giguere but I'm not sure it's a major one.

However I do think there are better options out there that Giguere will be aggressively pursuing.

I think Burns could whip the boys into shape but I'm not sure about Maurice. I think Maurice handles the press well but I'm not sure he handles a team well.