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Praise for Roy in bid for Avalanche job

Adrian Dater
The Denver Post
Denver, CO Colorado

DENVER, Colorado “-If the Avalanche is seriously considering bringing Patrick Roy back as a coach, the widely acknowledged greatest NHL coach ever believes it might be a good move.

“I think he has enough experience now and deserves an opportunity,” said Scotty Bowman, the NHL’s all-time coaching victory leader and current Chicago Blackhawks executive. “I know he has the passion to coach. He’s done a good job in junior.”

On Sunday, however, fresh doubt was cast on whether the Avalanche will offer a coaching job to its former Hall of Fame goalie. Roy told the Quebec City newspaper, Le Soleil, that he would be interested in the vacant head coaching position of the other team he played for in the NHL, the Montreal Canadiens.

If Roy knew he had a job locked up with the Avs, would he openly express interest in the Canadiens’ job? Those who are familiar with Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix’s way of doing business ” best summed up as secretive ” have their doubts.

Roy, 43, visited Lacroix late last week to discuss a possible role with the Avs. Roy, who has coached the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League since 2003, wants to be a coach if he returns to the NHL. But the Avs still have a coach, Tony Granato, in place. The only major front office vacancy is for the general manager position.

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Granato has chosen not to speak publicly, but sources say he is somewhat miffed and confused by the situation. Even if Roy isn’t brought in, a perception might linger that Granato was undermined. He has two years left on his contract, and expressed confidence at the end of the regular season that he would return as coach.

A handful of outside NHL current and former executives who had hoped to land an interview for the Avs’ GM job ” including former Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster, former Rangers GM Neil Smith and former coach Pierre McGuire ” have not been contacted by the Avs.

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