Patrick Roy just resigned as head coach and vice president of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche. This probably sounds familiar to Montreal Canadiens fans, the team he walked out on (or stormed out on?) after being left in too long in a blowout defeat against the Red Wings.
Here’s what Roy said about his decision to leave the Avalanche:
"I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs to bring it to a higher level," Roy said in a statement. "To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-hockey operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team's performance. These conditions are not currently met.
Yes, Roy, the guy who played a role in acquiring Brad Stuart for two draft picks wasn’t happy with the vision of the Avalanche moving forward. I guess he can get in line, then, as the Avs rode a ludicrous PDO to the playoffs in his first season before more appropriately missing the dance the last two seasons.
Every person has a right to quit their job for whatever reason they want whenever they want, but forgive me if I find this latest example of Roy’s petulance hilarious. It’s also important to remember that while we, myself included, often laugh at his on-bench antics, his temper has hurt people in the past and should be treated with appropriate seriousness.
Roy also offered this rather tepid take after Semyon Varlamov was arrested on domestic violence charges three years ago:
Avs coach Patrick Roy spoke, saying "it's a law thing" and he will keep "focus" on the team
So I can’t say I’m sad to see Roy, a regressive, petulant human being leave the NHL. While I imagine this leaves the Avs in a bit of a tight spot when it comes to filling the head coaching vacancy, I think in time their fans will be pleased to be rid of him.