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Patrick Roy is the cool coach of the NHL

Mar 18, 2014, 2:34 PM EDT

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Via NHL.com, here’s Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog saying a bunch of nice stuff about his coach, Patrick Roy:

“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:

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  1. redwings1977 - Mar 18, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    I hope he has a better time tonight than he did in his final game with the Canadiens. 9 goals on 26 shots against the Wings. Detroit scored 11 goals that night. Ah, the good ol’ days…

    • joey4id - Mar 18, 2014 at 6:07 PM

      Move on. We’ve all seen that film 1000s of times.

    • imgoingtowichita - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      Glorious!

  2. acorp11 - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:02 PM

    Great when heroes from your childhood come back and do great things for your team again!

    • ibieiniid - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      nowhere near the level of Roy, but I love that Ian Laperriere has found a home back on the Flyers too. always was a favorite player of mine, if only just for the effort he always put in.

      • mcphillthy - Mar 18, 2014 at 10:43 PM

        Nothing but respect for Lappy. That was a warrior among hockey players. I like Roy, too and I am glad to see he is such a cool guy.

  3. joey4id - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Roy is the only viable candidate and front runner by far to win the Adams trophy. He should be a candidate to coach or at least be an assistant with TC.

    Good job cranespy!

    cranespy – May 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM
    Roy will lead them back to the playlets in 14 and to a Cup final in 3 years! Yeah I’m a Avs fan

    • jpelle82 - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:43 PM

      either you have a photographic memory or too much time on your hands joey

      • joey4id - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:36 PM

        Or I’m a technogical geek as well as a hockey expert. ;-)

    • imgoingtowichita - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:51 PM

      You don’t recall Pat Roy saying NO to ‘TC’ for Salt Lake when Quinn wouldn’t guarantee Sir Roy the #1 job?
      I seem to recall the arrogant POS telling HC to FU. I could of course be wrong forgive and forget you know.

      • joey4id - Mar 18, 2014 at 8:07 PM

        I think you’re right. He also told the Hans to FU, but that didn’t prevent them from retiring his number or interviewing for a job. Everyone needs to move on eventually.

  4. thailer35 - Mar 18, 2014 at 3:54 PM

    “shoots the [breeze]” – obviously he didn’t say breeze.

  5. imgoingtowichita - Mar 18, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    I wonder if he will be hanging in the players’ lounge after the honeymoon season is over. It is certainly ideal that he has the great relationship with his captain but if things go sour in season 2, not many veterans will be so keen to help him get a stuck bagel out of the toaster.
    Perhaps (along with rumored transgressions of sleeping with a certain goalies girlfriend) that is why Downie is no longer on the Avalanche?

  6. imleftcoast - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    “Beat your girlfriend, Varamalov” doesn’t have the ring that ‘Beat your wife, Potvin” does, but no reason to let that one go.

    • pxland - Mar 18, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      No reason, unless, you know, you’re not a douchebag.

  7. hockeyflow33 - Mar 18, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Anyone think Tortorella is the same way?

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