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Monday, May 18, 2009

Report: Patrick Roy Mulling Head Coach Offer with Avalanche

According to Adrian Dater's sources, Patrick Roy has been offered the non-vacant head coaching position with the Colorado Avalanche and is mulling it over. Darren Dreger even goes so far as to say it's not only a coaching position but a "coach plus" position, with other management duties.

UPDATE: AD reports via his blog that Roy is denying he's been offered anything. Does "offered" have the same connotations as "handed"? Maybe not in a PR world.

When they hired Tony Granato last offseason, I was not happy. Primarily due to the Avs not interviewing any other candidates, but I was more unhappy with the fact that it was Tony Granato who I've just never felt gave out the head coaching vibe.

This season, it's the same story, but different. Pierre Lacroix is assuming the GM role after ousting Francois Giguere, while the head coach from last year still believes he is the head coach. And I'm guessing this wasn't a pleasant story for TG to wake up to.

A move like this can indicate a few things, not all of them being mutually exclusive:

  1. Lacroix intends to retain the GM role;
  2. Lacroix has already narrowed his choices for the next GM to ones he knows would be happy with Patrick behind the bench;
  3. Lacroix is sending a message to whoever may be the next GM;
  4. Granato is aware of the whole situation and is again a willing participant to step down as head coach;
  5. Kroenke is sweating season ticket renewals, knew Lacroix hadn't decided on a GM and impatiently told him to make the move;
  6. Pickles are tangy
I'm not entirely against Roy coming back as the head coach of the Avs, but I wonder again about the methodology of choosing new front office and coaching personnel without interviewing outside candidates. Promotion from within is great as a business, as long as you don't close the door to fresh mindsets.

Related Links
Report: Roy has been offered coaching job in Colorado
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Jibblescribbits said...

I'm like Towlie..."I have no idea what's going on"

AvsHockeyPodcast said...

Dater now says that Roy is denying the offer. Shane, shoot me an email when next season starts, I'm totally over anything that doesn't directly have to do with an official regular season Avs game now.

Jibblescribbits said...

I'm waiting until the draft, and the Avs hire a GM... everything else is a sideshow.

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