In this day and age with the social media being such a main stream outlet for the sporting world, no secret is safe especially when it comes to candidates possibly being named as a new head coach in the NHL.
In this case, the Colorado Avalanche appear set to name Patrick Roy as their new head coach thanks to a Facebook post from Roy’s brother, Stephane that stated his older brother would be named the Avs new coach.
Stephane Roy later told the Denver Post that “They’re discussing the final details of an arrangement” – courtesy of ESPN.com (insider sub’n required). So much for keeping that news off the radar; good ol’ Facebook.
Not surprisingly the Avalanche refuse to comment on the situation but according to the ESPN report, the rumors of having Patrick Roy reunited with newly appointed vice-president Joe Sakic has the fan base buzzing with excitement.
What’s not to love if you’re an Avalanche fan? Sakic led the charge on the ice during his time with the Avs while Roy helped backstop the organization to their sole Stanley Cup title back in 1995-96. The thought of having the two return to the organization can only be positive for a team that struggled this past season.
Laced with young and promising talent, coupled with the first overall draft pick at this year’s draft who will surely be stud blueliner Seth Jones, the Avalanche are preaching patience with this team.
Given Roy’s history of coaching in the QMJHL, in particular the Quebec Ramparts. Serving as a guide and teacher for the young and hopeful NHL players should help Roy with how to approach a young squad. While coaching in the NHL and the junior ranks are on different levels, the experience of handling the young, inexperienced players will be relevant. That fact along with the history he has with the Avalanche makes him an ideal candidate to replace the departed Joe Sacco.
As this story breaks we’ll keep you posted.