The blowup between Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy and Anaheim Ducks head coach Bruce Boudreau is well documented at this point. Roy took exception to a questionable hit from Ben Lovejoy and took to the Ducks’ boss to voice his displeasure, going as far as pushing the stanchion almost completely over in his rage.
It was a series of actions that drew rave reviews from fans across the league, and some mixed reviews from players, coaches, and analysts that actually reside within the game. Some questioned how far Roy went, while others lauded his passion. This is going to be the debate surrounding the Avalanche all year.
For the average viewer, and perhaps others, Patrick Roy is going to be a lot of fun to watch. He’s the type of coach an organization like the Avalanche needed. He’s there to light a fire under the collective rear ends of the players that have underachieved, and provide passionate leadership for the younger guys.
Initially, this fire that he’s currently displaying is going to be a blast to watch. Everyone is going to love to watch a coach with fire like that. As over the top as it is, it’s something fresh that we haven’t seen anywhere around the league in quite some time. But how long will it last?
Eventually, Patrick Roy and his “shtick” are going to be overdone. We’ll all get tired of watching him overreact to even the simplest of plays in the most meaningless of games. After all, his first blowup came in a 6-1 blowout win. What happens when the shoe is on the other foot, and the Avs are down by five? Or, worse, what happens when it’s a close game and a similar situation arises?
The point is, that while we are enjoying the Patrick Roy Experience early on this year, it’s something that won’t last. It’ll get overdone, and will become old at some point during the season. As for how long before that actually happens, that remains to be seen. But it’s only a matter of time.