“There’s two very special organizations for me – Montreal and Colorado,” said Patrick Roy as he finally turned down the Avalanche’s offer to coach and possibly be general manager. So for now, Patrick will return to the Quebec Remparts.
Did he turn down Colorado’s offer because in his heart he wants to coach the Canadiens at some point? And would you like to see Patrick coach the Canadiens?
I’m not sure I would. I’m also not sure I wouldn’t.
If I look at Patrick’s inexperience at coaching at the NHL level, I could pooh pooh it. Then I could look at what Dan Bylsma is doing in Pittsburgh and what Cory Clouston in Ottawa did this past season, and I see that men with no previous NHL experience can actually guide a team and command respect. So the inexperience thing, although not a perfect scenario, doesn’t always have to spell failure. And Patrick has won a Memorial Cup with Quebec in 2006.
The biggest problem I have is that Patrick sometimes loses his mind. He’s had domestic problems, blow outs with other coaches, and both his sons, especially Jonathan, have shown they’re a chip off the old block by also losing their minds at the rink, which in turn reflected back on papa. I don’t think being a loose cannon is the greatest recipe for success in the modern NHL.
Patrick Roy isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. There were a lot of opponents to the idea of having his sweater raised to the rafters in Montreal. When he quit the Habs after his Mario Tremblay dust up , many never forgave him, and thus believed he didn’t deserve the sweater treatment. So he’d go in to Montreal with a built-in group of non-fans.
On the other hand, maybe a loose cannon behind the Habs’ bench would be just what the doctor ordered. Something to stimulate a comatose team. And the media would probably love him because, as we all know, Patrick’s never been a shrinking violet.
But is he a smart, cunning strategist who could lead the Montreal Canadiens to the promised land? At this point, my feeling is no. He’s too new to the coaching game. Maybe in a few years he’ll smooth out the edges and be a truly classy and winning coach in Junior who needs to move up to the show because it’s time. And then maybe the Habs can come calling.