The Colorado Avalanche decided to go with Patrick Roy as their new head coach this week. Roy has no experience being a coach in the NHL, and it sounds like this is coming based on a lot of Roy’s relationship with Joe Sakic in the front office. This is going to be a move comes back to bite Colorado in the long run.
We have seen in the past how emotional Roy can be from the bench; everyone knows the story about him going after another coach. He has also been out of the NHL for a decade now. There are a lot of things that have changed over the last ten years, and he is going to need to get up to speed in a very quick matter. I know that the team has the top pick in the NHL Draft and will likely take longtime fan Seth Jones with that pick. Jones will bring a lot of potential to the table, but how will Roy connect with him?
The Avalanche don’t have time to play the rebuilding game and need to get themselves back into playoff contention sooner than later. Sakic made a big error deciding to give his friend this job, I expect to be seeing a new coach in Colorado within three years because this isn’t going to work out. Roy has been gone too long from the game, and unless he can learn everything about what is going on within one summer, I don’t like the move. I could turn out to be very wrong, but Roy is going to need to prove that to me.