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Afternoon Line- Mark Spector On Patrick Roy

Some will say that Roy is the coach in waiting for Montreal, should Michel Therrien not put the Habs back near the top of their division promptly this fall. But if you are Montreal GM Marc Bergevin, wouldn’t Roy be radioactive?

What GM would want a coach who demands a weighty say in all personnel issues? And what coach, considering the tepid success Roy has had at the NHL level, would want to divide his own attention that way?

Roy may be a great coach one day, or perhaps a legendary GM. Trying to be both at the same time however, is a recipe for having no job at all.

-Mark Spector of Sportsnet where you can read more on Roy.

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Hootinani's avatar

Roy may be a great coach one day, or perhaps a legendary GM.

He’s both those things already…....in his own mind.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 08/11/16 at 07:32 PM ET

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“Tepid success”

I wonder if Spector was all in for Roy as the 2014 jack Adam’s recipient?

Posted by SlimChance on 08/11/16 at 10:24 PM ET

Nathan's avatar

This assessment completely misses the fact that all available evidence would indicate that Roy is likely not even a proper NHL-caliber coach. And that there’s no evidence that he has what it takes to be a GM.

The Jack Adams might as well be redefined as the award for the team that makes the biggest year-over-year improvement, to be accepted by the coach. With little exception, that’s how it has been awarded for as long as I can remember.

What the evidence shows is that Roy has a retrograde approach to teaching his players, implementing his system, and assessing talent. He got fat and happy after 2014 when the geeks were effectively saying, “Don’t get a big head, your team had every good luck thing happen that possibly could have.” And sure as shit, the next two seasons featured heavy regression in the standings due to the luck drying up.

And to top it all off, you can argue that the talent on the team actually got better. So what does that say about Roy?

I know I’m a Wings fan so nobody could ever take this seriously. But really, look at the small body of work and tell me, does this guy really deserve the hype that has followed him, or is he being given some passes because he was such a great player?

It is reminiscent of when The Great One started coaching…

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/12/16 at 09:14 AM ET

awould's avatar

This assessment completely misses the fact that all available evidence would indicate that Roy is likely not even a proper NHL-caliber coach. And that there’s no evidence that he has what it takes to be a GM.

That’s exactly what I thought.

Given Roy’s coaching track record is meh, it’s easier to say he’s not NHL caliber than to lean towards him being successful someday. As for the future legendary GM status, based on the same available evidence, you could make that argument about nearly anyone involved in the NHL who has not been a GM.

Posted by awould on 08/12/16 at 10:05 AM ET

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