The Colorado Avalanche remain without a head coach, but multiple reports throughout the week have linked Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy to the vacant position.
Roy played with the Avalanche from 1995-2003 and has spent the past eight years behind the bench with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.
Patrick’s brother, Stephane Roy, posted on his Facebook page Monday that a deal had been reached, but later told the Denver Post that “they’re discussing the final details of an arrangement.”
Stephane Roy also told the Denver Post that his older brother “is looking for a new challenge.” Coincidentally, the Avalanche are looking for a new bench boss and for a return as one of the NHL’s elite franchises.
From 1996-2003, the Avalanche won eight straight division titles, reached six Western Conference finals, and twice won the Stanley Cup. In the nine seasons since, the Avalanche have finished no higher than second place in the Northwest Division and have won a total of two games beyond the first-round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Former Capitals forward Joe Sacco was fired as Colorado’s head coach last month after the Avalanche finished in last place in the Western Conference for the second time in three years. Longtime team executive Eric Lacroix also stepped down as vice-president of hockey operations.
The club has since named former captain and Hall of Fame member Joe Sakic as Lacroix’s replacement, but the search continues for a new coach.
On Wednesday in Montreal, respected hockey journalist Francois Gagnon of La Presse reported that Roy is waiting for assurances from ownership that the Avalanche will spend up to, or close to the salary cap.
Colorado also owns the No.1 pick at the NHL Draft on June 30.
CAPS AFFILIATE ON VERGE OF TITLE:
The Reading Royals inched closer to a Kelly Cup title Tuesday with a 3-1 win in Game 3 against the Stockton Thunder.
The Capitals’ ECHL affiliate has a 3-0 lead in the championship series with Game 4 scheduled for Friday at 10:30 from Northern California.
The Royals’ roster includes Capitals prospects Stanislav Galiev, Brett Flemming and Dustin Stevenson.