Mum’s the word on Denver Roy reunion
The Denver Post
Denver, CO Colorado
DENVER, Colorado “-For now, Tony Granato remains coach of the Avalanche, with former standout Patrick Roy in waiting should he want the job. And no one seems sure how long this drama will last.
Roy denied he has received an offer to coach the team, as multiple NHL sources close to the Hall of Fame goaltender told The Denver Post on Sunday. He told the French language website SRC.ca, “I never received an offer. . . . But, anyway, I’m not commenting.”
Former Avalanche winger Matthew Barnaby, an ESPN hockey analyst, said he believes otherwise.
“From what I’ve heard from Denver, he has been offered the job, and it is 50-50 whether he is going to take it,” Barnaby said. “I think he’s a great fit.
“I think he’s a winner. He was a winner as a player and different from most goalies. He’s a guy that will stand up in the middle of the room and call guys out, almost like a coach would.”
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The Avalanche would not comment Monday on reports of overtures being made to Roy to become their coach, or join the organization in a management role. The Canadian television network TSN reported Roy has a job with the Avs if he wants it, and the Avs are “waiting for the phone to ring.”
Roy did not return calls Monday.
Roy’s mother, Barbara Miller, was asked Monday night whether the Avs had an interest in her son.
“Yes. Who wouldn’t?” she said. “But it’s a very difficult decision that he has to make. He’s in a good position, because he’s one of the owners of the (Quebec Remparts), and he would still have things to (decide) with the other two owners. I don’t know what he’s going to do, because when I talked to him last, he reminded me that he was 43 years old and could make his own decisions.”
The most important question remains whether Roy has as much interest in the Avs as they apparently do in him. He has a comfortable life as coach, general manager and part-owner of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League,
“This is a guy who’s won Stanley Cups, he’s been very good with the junior team that he owns, so I think it’s a great fit,” Barnaby said.
Despite having considerable ties with the Avalanche ” eight-plus years as a player ” and a longtime friend and associate in Avs president Pierre Lacroix, Roy might conclude coaching this current Avalanche team isn’t the best move to start an NHL coaching career. The team finished last in the Western Conference last season and has a sizable payroll committed to 14 players, leaving little room for flexibility under the salary cap. The Avs also do not have a goalie under contract for next season.
“His decision is if the team is going to be good enough for him to coach,” Barnaby said.
The status of Joe Sakic also remains uncertain. Sakic is pondering retirement, but Barnaby suggested Roy might be able to convince Sakic into signing for another season.
“He knows a lot of players within that locker room and he might get Joe Sakic to play another year,” Barnaby said.
Colorado could also end up competing with Montreal, which has a head coaching opening.
Roy won a Memorial Cup with Quebec in 2006, three years after concluding a Hall of Fame career as a goalie with Montreal and Colorado.
Roy met with Avalanche officials 11 days ago to discuss the possibility of rejoining the organization.
Roy said last year, when his name popped up in rumors after Joel Quenneville’s departure as Avs coach, that he wanted to keep coaching the Remparts as long as his sons Jonathan and Frederick played for him. Neither, however, is expected to play in Quebec next season.
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