Patrick Roy should get an interview for Rangers coaching job
Legendary NHL goalie Patrick Roy won four Stanley Cup rings and three Conn Smythe Trophies as playoff MVP during his 17-year Hall of Fame career.
The 57 year-old has now taken all he’s learned and fashioned it into a successful coaching tenure in the QMJHL. On Sunday night, he led the Quebec Remparts to a championship as they hoisted the Gilles Courteau Trophy high above their heads.
In 13 seasons behind the Remparts bench over 18 years, he’s amassed a record of 518-321-0 for a .617 winning percentage. Roy has also reached the postseason in 12 of those seasons with a record of 83-60.
It’s certainly appears to be enough for his former teammate Chris Drury to pick up the phone and give him an interview.
Patrick Roy should get an interview
Roy and Drury played for the Colorado Avalanche and won a Stanley Cup together in 2001. Both are considered fiery competitors which may be a combustible mix in New York.
However, winning a title isn’t easy and takes a certain mindset that Roy obviously has. He also isn’t inexperienced as he coached the Avs for three seasons with a 130-92-24 mark and winning the Jack Adams Trophy in his first year behind the bench.
That being said, Roy didn’t leave the Avs on the best of terms in 2016 and hasn’t been able to get an NHL head coaching job since.
Forever Blueshirts spoke with his agent Neil Glasberg of PBI Sports back in 2021 prior to the Rangers hiring Gerard Gallant.
“The problem is he’s very intimidating, and what happened in Colorado five years ago is irrelevant,” Glasberg said. “He’s one of the smartest hockey guys I’ve worked with and is an incredible assessor of talent. He knows how to get guys motivated.”
It sounds like Roy could be exactly what the Rangers need. Someone who understands the X’s and O’s of hockey but can also motivate his stars.
“He is a winner through and through,” Glasberg added. “And he’s competitive as hell.”
Roy stormed onto the scene as a rookie for the Montreal Canadiens in 1986 and won the Stanley Cup as teams could not solve the young netminder. He continued to win championships playing with a confidence and swagger most goalies simply did not have.
He ended his playing career with a record of 551-315-131, a .910 SV% and 2.54 GAA. Roy’s postseason numbers are even more remarkable at 151-94, a .918 SV% and 2.30 GAA.
Let’s face it, he’s not only been there and done that, Roy dominated.
His reputation alone should command the respect of youngsters and veterans alike which makes him at least worthy of an interview.
Roy recently told TSN he’s willing to listen to NHL head coach offers. It’s time to pick up the phone Drury.
“If I receive calls, I will listen,” he replied. “You know like me, rumours are rumours…I’d rather focus on what I can control, and what I can control is how we prepare our team for Friday night against Halifax.”TSN