The Colorado Avalanche made it official on Thursday by naming Patrick Roy their new head coach while also giving him the key title of vice president of hockey operations.
So what does it all mean?
With the big press conference coming next week, many were left to wonder how the organization will handle the distribution of power (among many other questions). Let’s take a look at some of the conjecture and a few of the inevitable jokes.
One pressing question is how much say Roy will get in personnel decisions. ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun notes the VP title is important in getting him to come on board and that he’ll have some say in the process.
Sakic and Roy. Back together. Running the Avalanche.
And yes, I include Roy in the “running the Avalanche” category because that’s exactly what he’ll be doing.
But what if the two legends clash on key decisions? The buck will (allegedly?) ultimately stop with Sakic, the Denver Post’s Adrian Dater reports.
Greg Sherman remains the GM – nominally, at least – but most observers believe his role will be marginalized. Down Goes Brown goes to professional wrestling for an interesting analogy.
Patrick Roy is going to be reporting to Greg Sherman with all the respect and deference of Macho Man Randy Savage reporting to Elizabeth.
— Down Goes Brown (@DownGoesBrown) May 23, 2013
Naturally, a lot of people made jokes about Roy’s famous exchange with Jeremy Roenick, where the outspoken goalie joked that he couldn’t hear what JR was saying because his Stanley Cup rings were plugging his ears. Plenty of people referenced that moment with jokes, but we’ll limit it to Fear the Fin’s offering.
Patrick Roy was actually offered the job on Sunday but couldn’t hear the phone thanks to the Stanley Cup rings still plugging his ears.
— Fear The Fin (@fearthefin) May 23, 2013
Finally, announcer Daryl Reaugh wraps things up with an interesting observation stemming from his 1984 NHL Draft class.
Patrick Roy joins Kirk Muller as the best (only?) two NHL head coaches from the 1984 draft class.
— Daryl Reaugh (@Razor5Hole) May 23, 2013
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