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Saint Brian
05-27-2009, 03:29 PM
Roy will not take Avs job

Patrick Roy will not be the new coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

After deliberating for nearly two weeks, the Hall of Fame goaltender told the Avs late Tuesday night that he will not accept their offer, a spokeswoman for the junior league club Roy co-owns and coaches told The Associated Press. The story was first reported by The Denver Post.

Roy, who cited family reasons for his decision, will continue as coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

ESPN (http://http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=4209014)


05-27-2009, 07:23 PM
I'd guess he declined because he wants to coach a good team. Kind of disappointing.

05-27-2009, 07:26 PM
maybe next year

05-27-2009, 07:26 PM
He could always say no.
That was always the risk/danger of Pierre Lacroix’s gamble of reaching out to Patrick Roy to take over his team - while he still had a coach in place, Tony Granato.
I’m still working the story today as to why the Roy deal fell apart, but I’m sure there will be speculation that he turned down the Avs’ offer for more than just family reasons.

But there was always the chance Roy was going to turn this thing down. I’m sure Pierre Lacroix would have loved it if none of his meeting with him a few weeks ago had gotten out to the press (sorry Pierre), but it did, and that made this a higher-stakes game after that.

If Roy turned him down, Lacroix would have to go to Granato and try to smooth this over somehow. How he’s going to do that, I have no idea. I have no idea if Granato is even going to be the coach still. I hope to find that out at some point today.

Lacroix gambled and lost. That’s not something we’re used to saying here in Avs-Ville. Lacroix has always gotten what he’s wanted, so to not get Roy in this case is a blow to his reputation. The Avs might try to spin this, that the whole thing with Roy was only exploratory and that it was never meant to go public and yadda yadda. The semantics of the word “offer” became part of this story, and still subject to spin.

Did Roy have a laser-printed, Fed Ex-ed contract offer, with numbers in black in white in front of him? Maybe not. Maybe Roy had to just say yes to Lacroix to want to be the coach before it got to that stage. But Roy said to yours truly himself today that, well yes, he had an offer to coach the team. Whether it was formalized in black and white on paper, maybe we’ll never know.

This obviously has turned out badly for the Avs. They still have no GM, by the way, and the draft is about a month away. I still think Craig Billington has the inside track on the job, but we’ll just have to see when they announce who it’s actually going to be.

Roy turning down the job could mean the Avs also lost their best shot at getting Swedish goalie Jonas Gustavsson to play here. And maybe it is the clincher, too, for Joe Sakic to want to call it quits.

But there is good news: I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance.

*Update: On top of this news, Pierre Lacroix had to undergo a surgical procedure this morning, after a complication developed on the recent surgery he had on his knee. Lacroix underwent a full knee replacement. Bad day, indeed.http://blogs.denverpost.com/avs/2009/05/27/thoughts-on-roy/

05-27-2009, 09:52 PM

05-27-2009, 11:33 PM
It's probably a good thing.....next year we'll be crap.....might as well get a goalie any Taylor hall firstp

05-28-2009, 01:42 PM

Wonder what Granato is thinking. Maybe he'll pull a Cutler except he'll just quit.

05-28-2009, 04:45 PM
It's a good move for Roy. The team is going to suck next year anyways. Let Granato take the heat and come on next year when we have the cap space to make the team good and be the savior yet again for the Avs!

05-28-2009, 07:21 PM
Longtime hockey reporter Mike Brophy got ahold of our Tony Granato for a few minutes, I guess yesterday, and got a little reaction out of him following the Patrick Roy saga.

Good on Brophy, as I’ve been told since Francois Giguere got fired that no Avs management personnel would have any comment until the new “sctructure” is formed, and that has been the case. I called Granato after seeing Brophy’s report, on sportsnet.ca, and he said I would have to go through the Avs before he could talk. I went to the Avs, and was told Tony wouldn’t/couldn’t talk. I guess that memo was temporarily forgotten when Granato spoke briefly with Brophy, but again, good for Mike. I’ve been a colleague of his for many years at The Hockey News.

Here’s part of Brophy’s report:
“I still love being part of it and I understand that some of things that happen within any position aren’t always fun, but you deal with them and hope better days are ahead,” Granato told Sportsnet.ca.

Granato said he doesn’t feel like a dead man walking, despite the fact his job was offered to Roy, and is actually excited about the prospect of being back behind the Avs bench next season. The Avs finished 32-45-5 last season in an injury-plagued year with many of the team’s top players, including Joe Sakic, spending significant time on the sidelines.

“I wouldn’t look at it any other way than to be excited to get back and try to get our team back on track,” he said. “That’s the only way to look at it.

“I still think there are some good things this organization can do and with the third pick in the draft and some healthy bodies back to go with a few adjustments to our lineup. I think we can get back to being a good team. That doesn’t mean we’ll jump up and be a favourite right away, but there are ways to improve and get back to being a good team.”

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This would seem to indicate that Granato will be back next season as coach. But I haven’t been told that officially at all, and the Avs won’t address the question directly right now. Just that they are looking for the “right people to complete our management structure.”

So, the saga, in a way, continues…dp