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Don’t Do It Patrick

from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Here’s free advice for Patrick Roy as he decides whether to take a job with the Avalanche:

Don’t do it.

Denver is a great NHL town. We love our hockey. But this is the wrong time. The Avs are a franchise going nowhere.

As much as fans would like to see Roy come swaggering back to Colorado, I’m afraid he knows the ugly reality.

This franchise ain’t nearly what it used to be.

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Report- Roy Has Been Offered Coaching Job In Colorado

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Former Avs star Patrick Roy has been offered Granato’s job and is mulling over the offer, according to multiple NHL sources who are close to Roy. The Hall of Fame goalie could not be reached for comment Sunday night, and the Avs had no comment about the possibility of Roy replacing Granato. Granato has not yet been told he’s out of a job.

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added 2:15pm, from TSN,

Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy has denied a report in the Denver Post that stated he had been offered the head coaching job of the Colorado Avalanche.

“I never received an offer . . . but anyway, I’m not commenting,” Roy told French language website SRC.ca.

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It’s All About Putting Fans In The Seats In Colorado

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Pierre Lacroix isn’t talking and neither is Patrick Roy, but does anybody really think the latter flew to Denver for something other than to discuss the head coaching job with the Avalanche?

So Tony Granato, whose team finished last in the Western Conference, has two years left on his contract. So what? So did a guy named Guy Carbonneau when he was booted out.

If Roy wants the job, he’s got it. And there’s no reason not to want it now that his sons no longer are with the Remparts and Roy has nothing else to prove at the junior coaching level.

It’s all about filling the seats in Denver.

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Patrick Roy Visits Denver

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Patrick Roy, the Hall of Fame former Avalanche goalie, is leaving Denver today after visiting with team president Pierre Lacroix concerning a possible return to the team.

What role Roy might have with the Avalanche remains unclear, but it has been his stated intention to become a coach should he return to the NHL….

For now, Tony Granato remains the Avalanche coach, but Roy’s visit with Lacroix will only heighten the intrigue surrounding his situation with the team. The Avs fired general manager Francois Giguere April 13 and have yet to fill the position. Lacroix said the Avs would have a new “management structure” upon Giguere’s dismissal, so it’s possible there could be some new hybrid roles for existing personnel or those who join the team.

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Dater Dreaming

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Constructed in my dozing off for eight hours (thanks Ambien) were vivid scenes that included Michel Goulet being named the new Avalanche general manager. A foretelling of the future? Could be. Obviously, something in me is trying to spur along the decision-making process of Pierre Lacroix, who will hit the two-week mark tomorrow without a GM.

Somehow, the dream began with me getting off a flight into some warm weather city, and then getting out of a car and walking into some big hotel-type of conference room, where a “Goulet named Avalanche GM” press release was put in front of me….

Somehow, the dream evolved into Mike Babcock getting fired from the Red Wings, and me commiserating with him in another fancy hotel ballroom area.

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Avs Dismissed GM Not Shocked By Firing

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

In the nearly two weeks since being fired as general manager from the Avalanche, Francois Giguere has mostly stayed quiet. While he hopes to work again in NHL management, Giguere believes getting away from it all awhile longer might not be a bad thing.

“Being a manager in the NHL is a job you do 2 4/7/365. That’s the way it was for three years for me, so I realize maybe taking some time away and being with my family more might be good for me,” Giguere said.

Giguere, 45, said he holds no bitterness toward the Avalanche. He called the dismissal “a surprise, but not a shock” because of the team’s poor performance this past season.

“When you have a year like we did, you know there might be a change,” he said. “It was just one of those years. But most everything good that has happened to me in my career in hockey has happened with the Avalanche organization, so I still have nothing but good memories.”

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No Hockey Talk In Colorado

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

The people who are still employed by the organization (Craig Billington, Michel Goulet, anybody else) are under strict orders not to say a word to the media right now. I mean, not a word. It is common knowledge around the Avs that anyone who breaks such an order - at least when it comes to the machinations of the GM search process - will be terminated.

I don’t agree with that, of course. I mean, somewhere along the line, the dissemination of hockey information became equated to that of nuclear secrets. It’s ridiculous. It’s absurd. It’s arrogance too, is what it is. It’s “We don’t need to talk to you little people.”

I have news for Pierre Lacroix and any other person in the hockey world: guys, you’re just not that important. You’re not. You are in the business of grown men trying to put a piece of hard rubber past other groups of grown men, into a net. This is not that important. It’s entertainment.

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Someone Needs To Take Control In Colorado

from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Lacroix, who deserves considerable gratitude for what he did to help energize this market and make hockey a big-time draw and participant sport in the region, should have been given the first crack to clean up the mess.

But that means stepping back in and running the franchise on a day-to-day and long-term basis, and not merely biding time before elevating someone in the organization into the GM’s role. Although Craig Billington is a savvy hockey man and wouldn’t be a bad choice, even that would come off as similar to the approach that was just repudiated.

Stan Kroenke should tell Lacroix he must either step in to try to further secure his legacy with a rescue and a turnaround, or accept the owner’s thanks and an honorary title — president emeritus — and allow Kroenke Sports to hire the sort of strong and proven GM who likely would be reluctant to work under Lacroix on an organizational chart.

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How About Pierre McGuire For Avs GM?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Pierre McGuire is making some real nice coin as the color analyst with TSN and NBC, not to mention a freelance gig with Sports Illustrated. But he would also give his left you know what to get back in a management position in the NHL.

And, if I were Pierre Lacroix, I would give McGuire a good, hard look for the Avs GM job. After all - can you name me anyone who has seen more NHL games in the last few years than McGuire has most likely? Can you name me a person who has has a more varied menu of personnel he’s spoken to in the last few years - among players and coaches and everybody else in hockey? It’s part of his job description to talk to everybody in the game, and I think it would be smart for any team to consider him.

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Colorado’s Next Move

This one slipped past us earlier today. From the Montreal Gazette:

Colorado looks for GM ‘in-house’: A report in the Denver Post said fired Colorado Avalanche general manager François Giguère will be replaced by “one of several in-house candidates.” If that’s the case, you can bet team president Pierre Lacroix has already decided Patrick Roy will be behind the Colorado bench next season.

Thanks to Avs Talk for the pointer.

There’s more from Damian Cristodero at Lightning Strikes on Jay Feaster’s interest in the GM spot in Colorado:

“He was my main mentor in hockey and we have been close through the years,” Feaster said Wednesday of Lacroix. “I have known Pierre Lacroix for a long time ... and certainly let him know of my interest in managing again in the National Hockey League and that I would truly enjoy working with him.”

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