A few days ago I looked at the reasons why Patrick Roy would make a good choice as the next head coach of the Colorado Avalanche. Now, it’s time to take a look at the flip side, and see why the Hall of Fame goaltender is not the right choice to lead the team through the rebuilding process. The Avalanche wasted no time firing Joe Sacco after a disappointing season, and they will likely take their time in selecting their next bench boss. If they turn that search in Roy’s direction, here’s some reasons why they would be better served by looking elsewhere.
First off, Roy has no coaching experience at the highest level. He hasn’t even coached in the AHL or ECHL, or even been an NHL assistant. The Avalanche have a lot of work to do in getting things back on track next season and with veteran coaches like Lindy Ruff available they should be looking for someone with a proven track record of success. Second, there’s always the infamous 2008 incident when Roy encourage his son, then the Quebec Remparts‘ goaltender, to fight a player who didn’t want to engage him in a lopsided playoff loss. Maturity is key to coaching at the NHL level, and with a roster full of young players, Roy may not have the discipline to get the job done.
Finally, Roy is a beloved former Avalanche player responsible for most of the biggest moments in franchise history. If he takes this job and isn’t able to fare any better than Sacco it could be a hit on his legacy. The Avalanche will have options in their coaching search, and if their track record has taught them anything they should steer clear of former players.