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Roy on Habs job: “I have had no discussions whatsoever with Mr. Molson, but my cellphone is always turned on”

Apr 21, 2012, 1:49 PM EDT

Patrick Roy

You can’t really say Patrick Roy has been campaigning for a job with the Montreal Canadiens. You can’t also say he’s been hush-hush about the rumors that the Habs might look in his direction to be either the next coach or general manager of the team either.

Roy tells Marianne White of Postmedia News that while he hasn’t spoken to Canadiens owner Geoff Molson, he’s not exactly avoiding him either.

“I have had no discussions whatsoever with (Habs owner) Mr. (Geoff) Molson,” Roy told reporters in Quebec City Friday during an end-of-season newser for the Quebec Remparts. 

“But my cellphone is always turned on.” 

Roy has made it clear that he’s more than happy to return to his job with the QMJHL Remparts, but if a NHL team wants to talk to him about a job opening there, he’s all ears. That is if his ears aren’t being plugged up by the Stanley Cup rings he’s won after all.

Whether Roy would be sought out to take Pierre Gauthier’s job as the team GM or replace Randy Cunneyworth as the coach is unclear, but with Serge Savard leading the search for new candidates for both jobs guys with a touch of old school Habs history to their style will be welcome.

  1. bojangles83 - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Roy would be a fresh face needed for a return to promise.

    Even though he has no experience managing in the NHL, he does have that knowdege in the junior ranks.
    He also knows what it takes to win a championship and succeed at a high level which I think the new GM needs to have. I would say bring him in to both Coach and GM.

    If anything, at least the interviews would be interesting.

    • HawaiiHockey - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:24 PM

      “…I have two stanley cup rings blocking my ears….” Yeah the interviews would be awesome.

  2. polegojim - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Maybe Jeremy Roenik should comment on this….

    MUCH rather have Roy behind my bench than as GM. Too much Championship experience to waste in a front office.

    Only posture might be a front office role as an unspoken threat for Cunneyworth to deliver.

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

      Roy isn’t coming to Montreal to get behind the bench while someone builds a team around him.

      • polegojim - Apr 22, 2012 at 9:32 AM

        You’re thinking FAR too small – open wider.

        Even if he’s HC, he’ll still negotiate and structure his deal to have his say on drafts, trades, all personnel.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

        Sure he will have a say, but I think he will require final say….

        And not many 1st time coaches have that type of power but I doubt Roy is willing to accept anything less

      • polegojim - Apr 22, 2012 at 1:55 PM

        If he agrees, he’ll get whatever he wants.

        He’s not typical 1st time coach.

  3. hockinj25 - Apr 21, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    If he does get the job he needs to get a haircut. Its looking pretty rough.

    • HawaiiHockey - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:29 PM

      No way… that skinned raccoon look is as unique as he is. I say keep it!

  4. bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 21, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    If the Habs land Roy, and then land 1st overall next season they can target the kid who just helped send Roy’s team packing in the Q playoffs.

    Roy & Nathan McKinnon would go a long way in bringing the Habs back to acceptability.

    Nathan McKinnon>>>Nail Yakupov
    Believe it

    • bcisleman - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:44 AM

      Do you honestly think Habs fans are going to accept their team tanking for #! overall?

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 22, 2012 at 3:26 AM

        The Habs do not need to tank to end up with 1st overall next season.

        Just go out and play another season like they did this year and they can easily be in the mix.

  5. habsman - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:12 PM

    Roy said he hadn’t spoken to Mr. Molson. Does he not know that Mr. Savard will be making the decision on GM and coach?

    Mr. Roy will not be involved with the Habs next year or any year.

    • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 21, 2012 at 4:17 PM

      He probably won’t, and that will be the Habs loss, and the Nords gain.

      Roy can help the Habs but they won’t get him
      Jill Nill can help the Habs, but they won’t get him either

      The Habs are as clueless as the Leafs.

      • habsman - Apr 21, 2012 at 5:15 PM

        Patrick Roy likes to rough up women. We don’t want him. Maybe he fits better on your team.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:31 PM

        He can’t really hear what you said, he has 2 Stanley Cup rings in his ears and a 3rd somewhere else.

        And you, you don’t want him, while the vast majority of Quebecors do want him.

      • habsman - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:43 PM

        First of all I wasn’t talking to him, I was talking to you. We don’t want guys on the Habs who are disrespectful to women. You are obviously less concerned about that.

        And I totally disagree that a “vast” majority of Quebecors want him.

      • bloggersarenotjournalists - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:53 PM

        Every single poll say otherwise
        So you can disagree with reality if that’s your thing

      • habsman - Apr 21, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        Don’t know what polls your looking at. Bottom line, we (I) don’t want him. You seem to like him a lot, you can have him.

  6. thehighcountrybear - Apr 21, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Relax…he and the missus ironed things out: she had the iron and Patrick was ducking! As I recall, she withdrew her complaint regardless…she cuts his hair in the present, enough said! Patrick’s clearly a popular guy…whenever I play in hockey tournaments, you hear guys all over the hotel talking to Patrick on the big white telephone just when the hang-overs kick- in and the room starts spinning…duuuude, good morning, rewaaaaaaaaa, rewaaa, rewaaaaaaa! We’re he to get the coaching job in Montreal, there’s always the risk he’d stomp-off in a huff and demand a trade were a team to come in and steam-roll les Canadiens. No chance this guy surfaces in Montreal in spite of all his personal charm…

  7. arbruins - Apr 21, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Roy boy will be a Hab. No doubt! No one cares if he is a womanizer up there…just as long as he does in French!

    • habsman - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      Who’s winning the series?

    • habsman - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      Also, do you know the difference between abusing women and womanizing?

      Or are they the same thing where you come from?

  8. arbruins - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:33 PM

    Hehehe…it ain’t over til the fat frog…er Lady sings.

  9. arbruins - Apr 21, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    I honestly didn’t know he was doing anything of the sort…both are bad. I never liked the guy but that was for different reasons. Just because I like the bruins, that does not mean I am stupid. You like the Canadiens…are you pompous?

  10. bcisleman - Apr 22, 2012 at 12:41 AM

    It would be interesting if he got the GM job and then drafted the player he coached, Mikhail Grigorenko. He certainly sings his praises.

  11. arbruins - Apr 22, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Habsman, If the Canadiens hire him…what does that say about the organization.

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