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Brother says Patrick Roy will be Avs’ head coach

May 21, 2013, 7:38 AM EDT

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It sounds like legendary goaltender Patrick Roy will be Joe Sacco’s replacement as the Colorado Avalanche’s head coach.

“They’re discussing the final details of an arrangement. Colorado is going to be very happy. Patrick is looking for a new challenge,” the younger brother of Patrick Roy, Stephane, told the Denver Post.

Stephane also went on Facebook to spread the word that his brother will be the next Avalanche bench boss.

Patrick Roy was one of the greatest goaltenders of all-time, but he has also been coaching since 2005 with the QMJHL Quebec Remparts. He has a 307-128-32 record and won the Memorial Cup.

Joe Sakic, who was put “in charge of all hockey-related decisions” chose to be vague when he was recently asked about the possibility of Roy being the next Avalanche coach.

“I love Patrick,” Sakic told the Denver Post. “He was probably the greatest goalie that ever played. There’s a guy who was a winner. That’s all he wanted to do. I know he’s done a tremendous job with his junior team in Quebec and for sure he’s a guy that you would consider, yeah.”

When asked directly if Roy was a candidate for the coaching job, Sakic said, “I cannot confirm, I cannot deny.”

If Patrick Roy’s brother is right, Sakic might be offering up a confirmation very soon.

Update (9:08 a.m. ET): The Avalanche are emphasizing that talk of the Roy deal is premature as it’s not done, according to the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater.

  1. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 21, 2013 at 7:46 AM

    It’s no surprise that he’s a candidate, and frankly should and probably is the front runner. Why would little brother be spreading the news of an upcoming agreement?

  2. govtminion - May 21, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    “…and there’s no better way to get back at Patrick for all the years of wedgies when we were kids than by blowing this news today and potentially ruining the deal before it ever happens.”

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 21, 2013 at 8:20 AM

      Well! It won’t ruin the deal, but the big media moguls won’t be too happy that a punk brother is breaking the news world wide.

      • dropthepuckeh - May 21, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        I’m not sure that much of the world could give two sh*ts about this “breaking” news. Even hockey fans.

      • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 21, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        That’s not the point dbag.

  3. lsxphotog - May 21, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Roy was the first guy I thought of. His name was thrown around in Montreal for the coaches job too, but Colorado might turn out to be the real deal. The core in place for the Avs is going to develop into a strong group. Hopefully, having someone like Roy will mold that group correctly. I like the news, but I’ll wait till it’s official before jumping for joy.

    • valoisvipers - May 21, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      Roy is a hot headed,inbred,French hillbilly and I sure wouldn’t let him anywhere near my team. Ave fans, do you remember how you got him?

  4. tfaltin - May 21, 2013 at 9:03 AM

    You have to like these moves from the Avs. From a professional aspect, Sakic and Roy put in place a commitment to excellence the franchise had a decade ago. They won’t settle for less. Also from a PR perspective, what more could you want as a fan than to see two players who led you to a championship rejoin the franchise in these capacities?

  5. polegojim - May 21, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Excellent pick… and shut up little brother.

  6. jernster21 - May 21, 2013 at 9:43 AM

    I’ve been an Avs fan forever and Patrick Roy was my idol growing up and initially I was kind of hesitant with the thought of Roy being the coach but I think I’m starting to get on board with the possibility. I think it’ll be pretty easy for the players to rally around Roy given his NHL career – the accomplishments speak for themselves – he knows what it takes to win as an individual and as a team. He had the interesting perspective that only a goalie can have as far as watching the whole game in front of him his entire career and hopefully that can translate into coaching success. There’s something to be said about being passionate about the game; Roy has this, Sacco probably did too, but not in a fiery sort of way which is what I felt the Avalanche needed quite often – someone to light a fire under their asses and hold them accountable; instill a winning culture instead of accepting mediocrity. If this turns out to be true, I’ll be excited about the potential of this team going forward – this was never missing in regards to the players, but to those in the driver seat in the organization; finally, things are changing.

  7. dropthepuckeh - May 21, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    I think it will be okay for a little bit while Patrick takes his meds but after a losing streak and some negative press I look forward to seeing him pull a nutty and get suspended. Good drama but I wouldn’t want him coaching my boys.

    • 4thquartermagic - May 21, 2013 at 1:09 PM

      Consider that he kept his cool while coaching younger hockey players since 2005 and you have to give him the benefit of the doubt.

      Sure his expectations will be higher and he’ll be tougher on pro players but why would you want anything less?

      Jean Sebastian Giguere called the team out this past year and the team responded. Me thinks they’ll respond even better when that fire and competitiveness is coming from the head coach.

  8. scionofflame - May 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Honestly, look at his record with the Remparts. I think the kind of coach he is and the youth movement going on in Colorado would lend itself well to his coaching. Can’t do much worse than they have been.

  9. andidee15 - May 21, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    I’m so torn. On one hand, he’s PATRICK ROY, but on the other, he’s a NHL rookie coach from a defensively weak league coming in to a very young locker room. I have a bad feeling about this.

  10. acorp11 - May 21, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    Woohoo! Welcome back Patrick, you and Joe are going to lead us to another dynasty!

    • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 21, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      You never were a dynasty, you were the Wings 2nd fiddle

      • shoobiedoobin - May 21, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        Bingo. Never a dynasty. Just fodder for the Wings who got lucky a couple times.

      • hsnepsts - May 21, 2013 at 4:19 PM

        Yep, you were never a dynasty – and neither were the Wings

      • tycobbfromfangraphs - May 21, 2013 at 5:00 PM


  11. mildfan - May 21, 2013 at 6:00 PM

    He will bring a little attitude to the bench! How long before he jumps the boards and punches someone?

    • polegojim - May 21, 2013 at 7:18 PM

      That’s what I like Mild… some edge, some grit, some ballsyness… if that’s even a word.

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