Mar 18, 2014, 2:34 PM EDT
“Usually players are used to coaches being a little distant and you almost have to tip-toe around them a little bit. With Patrick, it’s the other way around. He comes in and hangs out in the players’ lounge, chit-chats with us, shoots the [breeze], all that kind of stuff. That is something that makes us very comfortable and you earn that respect from the coach and you realize he’s a regular guy despite all the Conn Smythes and the Cup rings and all of that.”
Roy is among the leading candidates, if not the favorite, to win coach of the year this season. The Hall of Fame ex-goalie, in his first season behind Colorado’s bench, has the Avs in a neck-and-neck race with the defending champion Blackhawks for second place in the Central Division and home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
The Avs are in Montreal to play Roy’s old team, the Canadiens, tonight.
And yes, his return is a pretty big story in that city:
- ‘Almost like a game seven tonight’ for Bruins, Panthers 13
- Report: Warrant issued for Deveaux’s arrest following Swedish league attack 47
- How bad are things for the Kings after Monday? 19
- Lightning clinch playoff berth, but did they lose Hedman? 9
- Blackhawks tease good injury news for Kane 8
- Tough times in Tampa: Garrison out 3-4 weeks after ‘pretty dirty’ Abdelkader hit 22
- Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do 29
- NHL on NBCSN: Stakes high for Kings, ‘Hawks tonight 21
- Blackhawks’ Sharp: ‘We knew we had to get two points’ 12
- Video: Brian Engblom takes a puck to the head 13