Avalanche icon Patrick Roy has a reputation as a bit of a loose cannon behind the bench. (Leon T. Switzer/ Icon SMI)
By Allan Muir
SI.com’s Adrian Dater, writing in the Denver Post, said that Patrick Roy will be announced as the next head coach of the Colorado Avalanche.
“They’re discussing the final details of an arrangement. Colorado is going to be very happy. Patrick is looking for a new challenge,” said Stephane Roy, the younger brother of the Hall of Fame netminder.
From the Post:
If Roy is hired, it would cap a whirlwind last few days, after which [Avalanche vice president of hockey operations Joe] Sakic said he was in no hurry to name a new coach. But Sakic acknowledged to The Post and to KKFN 104.3 FM that Roy was a candidate, and told KKFN: “I love Patrick. He was probably the greatest goalie that ever played. There’s a guy who was a winner. That’s all he wanted to do. I know he’s done a tremendous job with his junior team in Quebec and for sure he’s a guy that you would consider, yeah.”\
Roy was offered the Avs’ coaching job in 2009, but turned it down, citing his family as a top reason. But his sons, Jonathan and Frederick, who once played under him with the QMJHL’s [Quebec] Remparts, are no longer there, and Roy has said he would consider an NHL job if it were offered.