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“Maybe one day I’d like to be the coach in Montreal. If the opportunity arises, it will have to be an ideal situation where I can have as much fun as I do with the (QMJHL’s Quebec) Remparts.”
-Patrick Roy. More on his interest in coaching the Canadiens from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail.
from Bill Beacon of the CP at the Globe and Mail,
Patrick Roy should weigh what he would give up against what he would gain if he decides to leave a sweet set-up in junior hockey to become an NHL coach, according to Dale Hunter, a man who knows both ends of that situation.
For Roy, it would mean leaving a club he has built into a Quebec Major Junior Hockey League power since retiring from a Hall of Fame goaltending career.
“To coach in the NHL is a privilege,” Hunter said Sunday at the Bionest Centre, where his London Knights are competing in the Mastercard Memorial Cup. “But Patrick has to do what’s best for him and his family.
“It’s a challenge, but it’s a lot of fun. It’s the top league in the world. It’s fun coaching elite players. If you’re ready to make the commitment, you should go.”
read on from more from Hunter on a few topics…
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
It’s highly unlikely Patrick Roy will end up involved with the Montreal Canadians in any capacity. What’s more likely is Roy’s waiting for the Phoenix Coyotes to move to Quebec, where he’ll take over as either coach, general manager or both. Word is, Roy has unofficially been on retainer from Quebec NHL interests for almost two years now.
Phil Kessel is fourth in scoring in the NHL and you have to wonder how much higher he’d be if a) he played with a real first-line centre or b) he was properly utilized on the Maple Leafs power play. Now, the fact the Leafs don’t have that key puck moving centre may be why Kessel is tied for 16th in power play scoring when he’s third in the league in even strength points. However the numbers are broken down, Kessel has performed beyond expectations on a Leaf team that hasn’t met them….
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
Well, it was bound to happen sooner or later, turns out that Martin Leclerc of Radio-Canada.ca and NHL.com is the first off the mark with news that a deal is done between the Montreal Canadiens and former Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy that will see the fiery Quebec Remparts owner/coach/GM take over the Habs’ reins next fall.
The only game on the NHL schedule tonight so I thought today may be a good time to highlight some of the games between these two original six teams.
Throughout the day I will be dedicating posts to this great rivalry so let’s go to the video.
Probably one of the games most of us remember is the last game of Patrick Roy in Montreal sweater, December 2, 1995.
If an NHL team - namely the Montreal Canadiens - came calling regarding a vacant job, Patrick Roy certainly won’t have his Stanley Cup rings plugged in his ears.
The former Canadiens goaltender and Hall of Famer told reporters on Sunday that he would consider any proposal that’s brought to his attention at the end of the season.
“Once the end of the season arrives and if a team shows some interest in me - Colorado or Montreal for example - it’s certain I would listen to see what kind of role I would have in the organization,” Roy said at a media conference following a victory by his Quebec Remparts on Sunday. “So to respond to your question, yes - it is certain I would listen if the Canadiens called.”
What do you think, will Roy make a good NHL coach?
Earlier this afternoon, some NHL 12 fans on the internet found a new Legends video, posted exclusively on the EB Games (now GameStop) webpage for NHL 12. However, the video was kind of “hidden”, thankfully over the time it took for me to write this update, there has been a new link to this new video released by EA Sports in an exclusive with GameStop’s official site, which makes it much easier to find, and is of much better quality that the original one that was found.
Read on, as I’ll provide a link to this new video ( UPDATE - Days later, I finally have the video included in this post ), which reveals several bits of juicy new info on the Legends, including what their team uniforms look like, some info about unlocking them, and best of all, what their overall ratings will be! Also included in this update is some additional news about the Jets’ new sweaters potentially not being in the game upon release, and some new quick-clips about HUT and the EASHL.
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My apologies for not breaking this news the moment it dropped, as was the case yesterday. I happened to oversleep by a few hours this morning… anyway, here is the scoop. First, in a video released on EA’s Sports Swedish Facebook Page, further confirmed yesterday’s news about Yzerman, and then went on to reveal that Toronto Maple Leafs’ Swedish defenseman, Borje Salming, will also be one of the included Legends in NHL 12.
From the CP via the Globe & Mail:
Patrick Roy has been fined by the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League for being overly critical of a rival GM.
The league slapped Quebec Remparts head coach and GM with a $2,000 fine Wednesday for making ”inappropriate remarks.” Roy told reporters in Quebec City on Saturday that Shawinigan Cataractes GM Martin Mondou ”has a brain the size of a pea.”
The remarks were made after Mondou called for tighter security at the Pepsi Colisee after his players were showered with beer and other debris by fans when leaving the ice at the end of a game. Mondou said the Remparts’ home rink was dangerous.
from Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes,
Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy apparently has nothing better to do. Either that or he likes stirring the you-know-what just for the heck of it. Either way, the owner, coach, general manager of Quebec of the junior Quebec league, said (twice, actually) that the system Tampa Bay Lightning coach Guy Boucher used from 2006-09 as coach of Drummondville of the Quebec league, was not only too defensive it has permeated the league and stunted the development of some Quebec league players.
First, Roy told the French web site Le Soleil the system “perhaps delayed the development of some young players.” Roy also said his team will “play hockey as it should be played,” meaning more wide open and free-wheeling.
Roy then told the Journal de Montreal that, “Boucher did nothing to help our league advance. His defensive system was copied by many other teams. I know my comments will not please Guy, but for me hockey should be focused on offense not defense.”
from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,
Late Tuesday night, Roy phoned Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix to tell him that, because of family reasons, Roy will not accept the Avs’ offer to coach the team this coming season. Roy will continue with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, but said the door is not shut on his returning to the Avs at some point in the future.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
The Avalanche’s Patrick Roy saga is on the verge of becoming ridiculous. The Colorado front office’s cone of silence is characteristic and often has helped team president Pierre Lacroix get things done. Yet in this case, in light of all the maneuvering, speculation and leaks, it’s impractical.
I spoke with Roy on the phone briefly Monday, but he politely said he would prefer not to comment further on the record about reports he has a standing offer to be the new Avs coach and possibly general manager. Translation: The Avalanche almost certainly has asked him not to talk about his dealings with Colorado.
The problems now are about perceptions. Whether fair or not, the Roy drama is coming off as gamesmanship, including factors such as: a) Roy possibly playing off the Avs and the Montreal Canadiens, hoping to get an offer from his home-province franchise; b) the Avalanche trying to convince Roy that the franchise’s competitive situation isn’t hopeless; c) even the postponement of reaching and announcing a deal because of the desire to stay in the background until the Nuggets’ playoff run is over.
added 2:20pm, from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,
Put me into the cynic camp on this one.
The way the story is leaking out, it all seems to be coming from the Roy camp and the bits and pieces indicate that it includes everything he wants: complete control of the bench and who works it with him along with complete control of the personnel decisions.
According to a Montreal report, Pierre Lacroix has upped the ante in his pursuit of Patrick Roy to rejoin the Avalanche. Ruefrontenac.com - a website run by locked-out journalists from Le Journal de Montreal - reported Sunday that Avs president Lacroix has offered Roy the jobs of coach and general manager, and that Roy wants to hire Sylvain Lefebvre and Guy Boucher as his assistant coaches.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs, T
he other rumor - and this has been going around for a year now - is that Patrick Roy will be the next Avalanche coach.
I’ve been trying to get ahold of Patrick the last couple of days, to no avail.
But he did tell my buddy Bertrand Raymond of Le Journal Montreal recently that he no longer is intent on staying as a coach at the junior level, in Quebec, while his sons are still playing there, that he “will listen” to any offer to coach in the NHL next year.
Personally, I would LOVE to see Patrick Roy back in Denver. He didn’t always like me, and I didn’t always like him, but who cares about me - he’s a legend, and I have always liked being around him - even when he was cursing at me using every last profane word in the English and French dictionaries.
from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,
Roy carries baggage—his temper, especially—but a lot of that luggage is high-end, Louis Vuitton-type stuff. He has conspicuous passion and undeniable hockey smarts. He also has an ability to motivate, at least at a junior level. While his combustibility might be incompatible with coaching pros, eventually some team is going to find out about his upside.
The one thing Roy does not have is the ability to sell tickets….
If Colorado does want Roy, it should be because they think he can remake the team, run a bench and handle players. The Avalanche should want him for the right reasons—as a coach, not a marketing tool.
more and some “tanking” talk too…
Tonight, Patrick Roy is standing on the podium in Montreal accepting the great honor of witnessing his number being retired by the Canadiens. We’ll add his acceptance speech to this post later (assuming it becomes available) as well as a couple more photos. A special night for Habs fans, without a doubt.
*image is a screenshot from the CBC broadcast of Roy at the podium tonight
Tonight was also a special night in Toronto where Wendel Clark also saw his number retired. I thought I’d include a few images from that ceremony on this same post. You’ll find them below.
From the Montreal Canadiens:
For one generation, the dream was to be like Maurice Richard or Guy Lafleur. For another, it was all about Patrick Roy.
Before Roy began showcasing his talents in the Canadiens’ crease in 1985, goaltending was generally reserved for the less athletic or, if you prefer, less talented. That changed quickly with the arrival of the Habs’ netminder, who suddenly had kids across Quebec clamoring to strap on the pads just like their idol.
When Roy decided to hang up his pads after a 19-year NHL career in 2002-03, the league was inundated with stoppers who grew up admiring the Habs’ No. 33. Just that year alone, there were 29 Quebec native goaltenders lacing up their skates in the NHL.
Update 1:45pm ET: Lynn Zinser at the New York Times has a great summation of Roy’s Top 10 Moments
The video below is a career retrospective in honor of Roy’s jersey retirement on Saturday night, with numerous other NHLers reflecting on his career.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
Craig Conroy twice experienced the wrath of Patrick Roy.
On his first day on the ice as a rookie with the Montreal Canadiens, a high shot in warmup brought about a confrontation with the Hall-of-Fame goaltender…
“It was actually my very first day on the ice. Patrick was on my team for the scrimmage,” said Conroy, who was a little excited in warmup and watched his first shot at Roy get away from him.
“It kept rising and hit him in the head. He kind of stopped everything, cleared off his crease, then he came out and actually punched me in the head with his blocker.
“I thought, ‘What do I do?’ He’s Patrick Roy. I’m just nobody. I didn’t throw any punches or anything. I just kind of took it and they broke it up. I was sent down (to the AHL Fredericton Canadiens) pretty soon after that.”
more from Conroy on Roy…
On Saturday night, prior to their game with the Boston Bruins, the Montreal Canadiens will honor Patrick Roy by retiring his No. 33 at the Bell Centre. The following is the transcript from the Q&A session Roy had with the NHL media today.
Q. Can you just talk about what it means to you, and did you think this day would come given your departure from Montreal?
PATRICK ROY: Well, you have no control on if they will retire my jersey or not, but I surely hope that that would happen one day. I knew they had a lot of guys to do before me. You know, the Canadiens haven’t done that for a long time, and I felt that the Savards, the Robinsons, Gainey, Dryden, they’ve been a big part of the history of the Canadiens, and I think they deserve that.
from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,
Oh, it’s a great experience to play for him,” (Kelsey) Tessier, 18, the Avalanche’s fourth-round draft choice this year, said after Colorado’s rookie-camp workout Sunday at Family Sports Center.
“His passion for the game and the will to win are there because he coaches the same way he plays,” Tessier said. “He has the attitude that he hates losing, and that’s the passion he gives our team. It’s just such a great experience to play for him. He gives you every tool to win, and you have no excuse not to. When he was a goalie, he saw the whole ice in front of him and saw everything. And he knows exactly where we should be.”...
You can say a lot of things about Patrick Roy, but if you could hear the awe and appreciation in the voice of one of his current charges, Tessier, you wouldn’t even try to diminish his impact as a coach and motivator.
from TSN and files from RDS,
On December 2, 1995, the hockey world changed for both Patrick Roy and the Montreal Canadiens in what was supposed to be another Saturday night game at The Forum.
At home to face the Detroit Red Wings, the Habs played their worst home game in franchise history, losing in a 12-1 blowout.
Roy was kept in goal by then head coach Mario Tremblay for the first nine goals, and the Forum fans jeered him when he made an easy save.
Embarrassed, Roy raised his hands in mock celebration.
continued and watch a video of the incident below (French)...
from Kevin Mio at Habs Inside/Out,
Canadiens president Pierre Boivin has called a news conference for 3 p.m. today at the Bell Centre at which time he will announce that the Canadiens will retire No. 33 in honour of Patrick Roy as part of the team’s festivities celebrating its centennial season in 2008-09.
from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,
La Presse reports the Canadiens will retire Patrick Roy’s jersey number in November.
The club would not confirm the story. Columnist Richard Labbé was told the team plans to announce its centennial activities on Sept. 24.
Roy’s number 33 already has been retired by the Colorado Avalanche.
If the story is true, at least one pundit won’t be happy. In March, Red Fisher wrote:...
In my view, Roy abdicated his rights to that honour with his capitulation to irrationalism on Dec. 2, 1995, when a stunned Forum crowd saw him allow nine goals on 26 shots in an 11-1 meltdown to the Detroit Red Wings.
From Les Perreaux in the Globe & Mail,
The son of hockey legend Patrick Roy has been charged with assault for his part in an infamous hockey brawl last season.
Saguenay, Que., police confirmed a single charge of assault was laid against Jonathan Roy this morning in Quebec court.
The younger Roy, a goaltender for the Quebec Remparts, is the only player or coach charged in the incident March 22 when he stormed across the ice to pound on the opposing goaltender, Bobby Nadeau.
Well, at least he’s still got that music career…
From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,
Patrick Roy will not be the coach of the Avalanche. Not for next season, anyway.
Roy told The Denver Post late Thursday night he wants to stay in Quebec at least through this coming season, mainly to keep coaching his sons, Jonathan and Frederick.
But Roy said he does want to coach in the NHL at some point, probably when his younger son, Frederick, leaves junior hockey.
“When Fred is done, it will be different,” Roy said. “But this is OK with me for now.”
From Bernie Lincicome at the Rocky Mountain News,
Wait. I was only kidding when I suggested Patrick Roy for the coach of the Avalanche. So, I take no credit or blame if Roy gets to stand under his own jersey hanging up there in the Pepsi Center rafters, along with those two Stanley Cup banners he helped win.
My suggestion was in keeping with the Avs’ fondness for leafing backward through their old scrapbooks. Oh, look. There’s Ray Bourque.
Why not him? Or how about Adam Deadmarsh, great name. Chris Drury, old Captain Clutch, still playing, could be a player-coach.
No, it is Roy, the only name that gets the blood up, causes conversation.
From Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,
Roy, who retired in 2003 with the Avs, has coached the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League since then. Speculation has begun that he might be ready to return to the NHL with the Avs behind the bench.
“Am I interested? Right now I am very happy in Quebec with the Remparts. I really haven’t thought about one day making the move to the NHL. Right now this is only a rumor or speculation,” Roy told RDS.
But Roy seemed to leave a little wiggle room that he might be interested.
“We’ll see what’s going to happen. Francois Giguere will certainly have a list of candidates that he would like to meet.”
Note: Reported earlier today, coach Joel Quenneville was informed his contract won’t be renewed
From Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
Fighting used to be ingrained in hockey culture. These days, however, there seems to be more taste for a kinder, cuddlier game. So is it time for fighting to go?
I can only shake my head at the attention the Jonathan Roy story has received in this country this week.
When did the tree huggers take over this bloody country? When did we all become such bleeding hearts that a junior hockey brawl shocked our collective senses so badly we became outraged?
Update 2:38pm ET: Gare Joyce at ESPN addresses how Patrick Roy’s situation may ultimately affect his legacy with the Montreal Canadiens.
From Adam Proteau’s mailbag at The Hockey News:
I was wondering if Cristobal Huet would return to Montreal after he is a free agent in July? [...]
Dianne B., Ottawa, Ont.
The only way Huet returns to Montreal is if Carey Price quits hockey to join a Zen Buddhist retreat, and Jaroslav Halak receives an eight-year, $80-million restricted free agent offer from Kevin Lowe in the off-season.
added 5:03pm, We had two Morning Lines, so why not two Afternoon Lines…
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
He blew up at me several times, probably the biggest being after I wrote of his also-legendary incident when he smashed up the office of Bob Hartley in 1999, in Anaheim.
Roy smashed up Hartley’s office with his goalie stick, after being pulled briefly in a game, one in which the Avs won but Roy didn’t get credit for the victory. The Avs did a good job of keeping it quiet, but a few days later I got word of it and wrote about it. Roy not only came after me, he went on a kind of witch hunt around the team as to who leaked it. A few people were falsely accused, and it was a full-blown circus in the locker room for a while.
from the CP via 660 News,
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League has suspended Quebec Remparts coach Patrick Roy for five games for his role in a weekend brawl.
The league said today that Roy is being suspended for “prejudicial conduct” related to his team’s scrap with the Chicoutimi Sagueneens on Saturday….
Jonathan Roy was suspended for seven games for barrelling into the Chicoutimi goaltender and pummelling him with repeated blows.
Update 2:52pm ET: From Marty Henwood at Hockey.com,
When it comes to the Roy family, apparently the apple doesn’t fall all that far from the tree.
A piece of friendly advice to the Roy clan? Time to put in a call to the doc and seek a little anger management, provided the caller can stay on the phone long enough prior to dropping an f-bomb and hanging up.
Update 5:02pm ET: From the CP,
Quebec’s director of public prosecutions has launched a criminal investigation into the junior hockey brawl that netted suspensions for former NHL great Patrick Roy and his son, among others.
The province ordered the investigation after the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League suspended Roy, the Quebec Remparts coach, for five games for his part in an ugly brawl involving his son.
Update 6:38pm ET: From CJAD,
“I certainly regret not taking better control of the situation,” said Roy.
Roy did not respond to suggestions he egged his son on, but says he accepts the league’s ruling.
“My goal is to never make this sort of mistake again,” he said.
*And more, posted earlier today on KK, from Jeff Marek (including video link).
From Jeff Marek at CBC,
Well, by now we’ve all seen the video of Patrick Roy’s son Jonathan attacking Chicoutimi netminder Bobby Nadeau. If you haven’t seen the clip yet, have a look. QMJHL commissioner Gilles Courteau will rule on the incident sometime Tuesday.
We all have our opinion on the incident itself. It appears that Patrick Roy motioned to his son to skate down the ice and attack the other goalie, who wanted no part of the encounter as is evidenced by the video.
I can never condone that.
more… plus Marek’s thoughts on Patrick Roy’s future as an NHL coach, perhaps of the Avalanche
From the Canadian Press,
The Quebec Major Junior Hockey league fined the Quebec Remparts $2,000 Thursday following an incident involving head coach Patrick Roy.
Roy, the NHL’s all-time leader in wins by a goaltender, earned an extreme game misconduct penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after confronting the officials following Sunday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.
Roy was not suspended for the incident.
from the CP via Yahoo,
...And, like any good dad, Michel Roy is standing up for his son with “Le Guerrier,” which translates into English as “The Warrior.”
Michel Roy says the French-language book - there are no immediate plans for an English version - is aimed at correcting the public perception of Patrick Roy’s life and career.
“I wanted to present Patrick as he is,” Michel Roy said at the book’s launch on Tuesday. “I think that the image that people often have of Patrick is not the real picture of Patrick. He’s not like that.”