There’s an “avalanche” of uncertainty coming out of Colorado right now (Get it? Ya I hate me too). Yesterday, Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy shockingly stepped down from his coaching duties. Roy had this to say about his departure:
“I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs and bring it to a higher level,” he said. “To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-Hockey Operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team’s performance. These conditions are not currently met.”
From the sounds of it, it seems like Roy just up and quit on the team, not even giving notice to management. Here’s what Sports Illustrated said, “It took nearly two hours for the Avs to even acknowledge Roy’s departure, which suggests they heard about his decision at the same time the rest of us did”. It appears that this was just a random thing he decided. Many are speculating that he’s quitting because he and the Avalanche GM, Joe Sakic, weren’t seeing eye-to-eye on what the club should look like.
Now in my opinion, this actually works in the Avs favor. I love Patrick Roy, he was an amazing NHL goalie, but he wasn’t an amazing coach. For some reason he disliked defender Tyson Barrie, despite the 24-year-old’s high potential and didn’t want to play him. Also, during his three years behind the bench, the club made the playoffs just once and they were quickly dispatched in that series. I think that getting a different, more proven coach could do great things for this talented team.
With all that being said, Patrick Roy is such a fun guy to watch.
*Header from cbssports.com