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Patrick Roy denies he’s agreed to be the next coach of the Canadiens

Mar 20, 2012, 2:29 PM EDT

Patrick Roy

Speculation that former Montreal goalie great Patrick Roy could one day coach the Canadiens grew more intense today.

Via the Globe and Mail comes this open letter to the Quebec Remparts – the junior team Roy owns, coaches, and manages – by’s Martin Leclerc.

Google translated from French to English:

I suggests you enjoy every moment you spend together with your coach during these exciting weeks of hard work. Because it will likely be the last.

In the small world of hockey, whispering for some time that Patrick Roy has already reached an agreement with [owner, president and CEO] Molson for next season and that once the season ends Remparts, his appointment as head coach of Canada will be confirmed.

And yes, that should be the head coach of the Canadiens, not Canada. The head coach of Canada is the Queen. Has a whistle, whiteboard and everything.

According to the Globe, Leclerc “has said in follow-up interviews that he has at least two reliable sources saying Roy will coach the Habs next year.”

Roy quickly shot down the report. His comments via le Journal de Québec (Google translated):

“When I heard that it comes from a concrete source, it shows that the journalistic world is covered with ridiculous sometimes.

“It makes me laugh and I’m flattered that my name is circulating, but at the end of the day, it’s Mr. Molson, who will make decisions about who is going to be his coach and general manager. Is satisfied with [GM] Pierre Gauthier, he’ll keep it, and it’s the same with [caoch] Randy Cunneyworth. “

Whether the report is true or just the media covering the world with ridiculous, expect to hear Roy’s name a lot more as Montreal’s miserable season draws to a merciful end.

  1. nothanksimdriving123 - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    To say the least, given how his last game as a Hab went, this would be supremely ironic.

  2. thegonz13 - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    Patrick is no dummy. He’s not going to jump into that media pressure cooker.

  3. cup0pizza - Mar 20, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    Wow Patrick looks like crap. Maybe still stressed over getting pwned by Belfour? “Eddie’s better!!!!!”

    • 8man - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:07 PM

      Really. Flat mullet, unshaven, cheap shirt. What the hell happened to this guy? You can’t parade him around the league.

    • subliminalnoize - Mar 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      You know, because one cup totally trumps the four that Roy has under his belt.

  4. adirondack77 - Mar 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    Roy is holding out to become coach of the Nordiques when they return to Quebec by way of Phoenix.

    And why is NBC relying on Google translate – doesn’t anyone on staff speak French?

  5. hank10 - Mar 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    ‘And why is NBC relying on Google translate – doesn’t anyone on staff speak French?’
    The Translation Channel is not available on Comcast. Need to hit up Verizon FiOS for that service.

  6. blomfeld - Mar 21, 2012 at 12:01 AM

    Roy Should Get This Gig ! … bottom line …

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