If the rumors are true, former Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy will soon be introduced as the new head coach of the Avalanche. It seems it’s just a matter of crossing Ts and dotting Is. For some long-suffering Canadiens fans this is a wee bit like Ground Hog Day.
For some long-suffering Canadiens fans this is a wee bit like Ground Hog Day
It feels like only yesterday, although it was December 2, 1995 when then Habs head coach Mario Tremblay hung Roy out to dry on a night when the wheels came off and he allowed nine goals. When Roy finally was relieved, he made it clear he wasn’t happy by telling then team president Ronald Corey he had played his last game in Montreal; and he had. Four days later he was traded to Colorado and would go on to win the Stanley Cup a few months later.
In the Patrick Roy sweepstakes the score was Colorado 1; Montreal 0!
Fast forward to last spring. The Habs are doing some housecleaning and are in need of a head coach after several disappointing years. Once again Patrick Roy’s name is mentioned; he’s got some coaching experience now at the Major Junior level; he’s a proven winner; he’s kissed and made-up with the Habs (his number is retired); he’s a true, old-fashioned Montreal Canadiens’ fan favorite. Sure he can be a bit of a hot-head, but that’s his style. Other coaches have been known to fly off the handle but if they win …
(Roy)’s a proven winner; he’s kissed and made-up with the Habs (his number is retired); he’s a true, old-fashioned Montreal Canadiens’ fan favorite
The Canadiens announced that recycled but much improved Michel Therrien would be the new head coach, again. Not to take anything away from Therrien who did a great job this season getting the most out of a superstar-less team (at least until the last two weeks of the season), but with Roy’s name being bandied about it seemed odd to go back and re-sign a former coach.
Now that the Habs head coaching position is filled, you can’t blame a fan for feeling as though this is a bad recurring dream. It’s a simple theme: Patrick Roy is what you need; he’s mistreated/overlooked; Patrick Roy goes to Colorado and wins. Is this Ground Hog Day?
Colorado 2; Montreal 0!