This morning Pierre Lacroix reportedly offered the Head Coaching position of the Colorado Avalanche to Patrick Roy. This is a very interesting move by this once proud organization that had it’s worst statistical season since moving to Denver from Quebec. Roy won two Stanley Cups as a member of the Avalanche and retired from the NHL in 2003. He has most recently been coaching the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL. Over the past six years the only news involving Patrick Roy had been negative. In March of 2008, Jonathan Roy was instructed by his father to attack an opposing netminder. During the 2nd Period of that game, Roy challenged the opposing goalie to a fight but didn’t have a taker on the other end. Two referrees held back Roy but he eventually broke loose, knocked over the other goalie and threw blows. He than challenged an opposing defenseman to a fight before making obscene gestures to the crowd and heading to the locker room. Jonathan Roy was suspended for 7 games and his father received a 5 game suspension for his actions.
Patrick Roy was in Denver for most of last week meeting with Lacroix but left Colorado with no offer. The Avalanche are desperate for a starting goaltender and bringing one in to coach the team is not the answer. Stay tuned on what should be an interesting summer from Denver….