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What they’re saying about the Avs hiring Patrick Roy

May 23, 2013, 7:41 PM EDT

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The Colorado Avalanche made it official on Thursday by naming Patrick Roy their new head coach while also giving him the key title of vice president of hockey operations.

So what does it all mean?

With the big press conference coming next week, many were left to wonder how the organization will handle the distribution of power (among many other questions). Let’s take a look at some of the conjecture and a few of the inevitable jokes.

One pressing question is how much say Roy will get in personnel decisions. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun notes the VP title is important in getting him to come on board and that he’ll have some say in the process.

Sakic and Roy. Back together. Running the Avalanche.

And yes, I include Roy in the “running the Avalanche” category because that’s exactly what he’ll be doing.

But what if the two legends clash on key decisions? The buck will (allegedly?) ultimately stop with Sakic, the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater reports.

Greg Sherman remains the GM – nominally, at least – but most observers believe his role will be marginalized. Down Goes Brown goes to professional wrestling for an interesting analogy.

Naturally, a lot of people made jokes about Roy’s famous exchange with Jeremy Roenick, where the outspoken goalie joked that he couldn’t hear what JR was saying because his Stanley Cup rings were plugging his ears. Plenty of people referenced that moment with jokes, but we’ll limit it to Fear the Fin’s offering.

Finally, announcer Daryl Reaugh wraps things up with an interesting observation stemming from his 1984 NHL Draft class.

Reaugh’s probably the most verbose player from that class, at least.

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  1. 950003cups - May 23, 2013 at 7:46 PM

    Bad idea.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 23, 2013 at 8:49 PM


  2. proudliberal85392 - May 23, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    Definitely going to be interesting.

  3. 19to77 - May 23, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    Well, at least if Torts is sacked we’ll have a new, even angrier soundbyte machine to replace him.

  4. jernster21 - May 23, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    I’m a realist and I still find it funny how people think this is going to be a bust before it even happens. It’s not as if he’s never coached a hockey game in his life – 8 years at a .640 winning % – hey, that’s not too bad right? Junior hockey is also a major feed of players to the NHL – so it’s not like he spent the past 10 years coaching Squirts. It’s not that foreign of an idea to hire coaches that have coached who have major junior hockey – Claude Julien, Mike Babcock to name a couple. I’m not going to say this is a success story until it actually is – but Sacco didn’t even have a winning record in two years of coaching hockey in the AHL before he got an NHL job for 4 years – it can’t be any worse than that was – purely based on Roy’s passion for the game, it would be nearly impossible. Players are going to be held accountable and this losing/mediocre mentality that Sacco has apparently instilled/demanded out of his players will no longer be acceptable – that alone is enough to excite me about the potential going forward.

  5. dolphincult - May 24, 2013 at 2:58 AM

    How anyone can not be excited about Sakic/Roy after the results of Sherman/Sacco is beyond me. That enough is reason to be optomistic and excited. They could not squander the opportunity any worse than the last two.

  6. joejacks - May 24, 2013 at 1:54 PM


  7. mathieug79 - May 24, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    I idolized Pat Roy as a kid, right up until he became a wife-beater

  8. valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 24, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Greg Sherman will be relegated to a paper pusher as Roy/Sakic tackle the day to day hockey operations. Roy wanted some level of responsibility with respect to hockey operations when he interviewed for the coaching job in Montreal.

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