I’ve been asked a few times if I’m excited over the prospect of Patrick Roy becoming the new head coach of the Avalanche.
Patrick Roy might be a great coach for the Avalanche. He may turn the team around, if he is hired. And he might not. The proof should be in his record, not in the glory of the past, not in his ability to stop a puck, and certainly not in his accomplishments as a junior coach and GM.
There is nothing like coaching the NHL. The minors have a lot of movement. College and junior hockey have different goals, with new rosters every four years or so. There are no guaranteed contracts, no ‘no-movement clauses,’ rooms aren’t lost, players are. The NHL is very different. And as we have seen before, having the experience of being behind the bench is not the same as sitting on it.
If he gets hired, I will happily wait to see what happens next. I have seen way too many people start the parade before the ink was dry on a contract, be it for a player or coach. No, I’ll get excited when the season starts. Not before.
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