Patrick Roy: Next Colorado Avalanche Head Coach?

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He brought home Lord Stanley’s Cup to the Colorado Avalanche. It was during this playoff run that the famous ” I can’t really hear what Jeremy says, because I’ve got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears ” was uttered by Roy. During his next few seasons with the Avalanche Roy was a key part of the Blood Feud between the Red Wings and the Avalanche. He had no issues dropping the gloves and fighting another goaltender. In 2001 Roy was the goaltender that helped the Avalanche win their second Cup, and earned himself his third Conn Smythe Trophy. As a player he won the Vezina trophy three times and the Jennings Trophy five times. His three Conn Smythe’s across three separate decades is a feat that still stands today. Roy’s famous sweater #33 has been retired by the Avalanche and, surprisingly, by the Montreal Canadiens. He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2006. Since his NHL retirement Roy has not stayed quiet. He is the owner, general manager and head coach of the Quebec Remparts, a QMJHL team. While in his first season of coaching, the Remparts won the Memorial Cup. source:

Avalanche to announce front office changes

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Mark Kiszla: Avs’ Joe Sakic aiming to bring Stanley Cup back to Colorado

But, most of all, Sakic was deciding if it was a good idea to jump back in the game, the way fellow British Columbia native and Hall of Fame member Steve Yzerman did as a front-office executive. “I came back to the Avalanche Photos: NHL View slide show of Joe Sakic . two years ago to get my foot in the door and see if this is something I wanted to do,” Sakic said. Well, no more lingering in the shadows. Sakic has jumped over the boards and he’s back in the fight. He fully understands there now will be pressure on him to produce victories. Sakic likes that idea, and welcomes the scrutiny. Sakic would not have taken on the task unless he believed Kroenke loved the idea of the Avalanche winning the Cup. “Josh convinced me he really wants this team back on top. And, for me, that was the sign that I wanted to do this job,” said Sakic, who won Olympic gold for Canada in addition to his NHL glory as longtime Avalanche captain. source:

Joe Sakic promotion likely as Avalanche’s Josh Kroenke speaks Friday

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team. “When I talked to Josh, he and Stan (Kroenke), they want this team back to where we were. Quite honestly, if I didn’t have that belief, I wouldn’t have done this,” said Sakic, 43, the team’s all-time leading scorer and a two-time Stanley Cup champion. “I believe that we have one goal in mind, and we have good hockey people and some really talented young players, and that we’re not that far away.” Josh Kroenke, 33, becomes the only executive in pro sports to have the title of president for two teams, adding to his duties with the NBA’s Nuggets. Kroenke disputed the longtime criticism from fans that neither he nor his father cared as much about the Avs as their other properties, and said he hopes to have more of an “outreach” with Avalanche fans. “I’m fully aware that I’m going to be taking on more responsibility with the fans, and I’m excited about that because I look forward to interacting more with them and hearing some of their ideas,” Kroenke said. “We’re in this business for the fans, and it wouldn’t be possible to put on the show we do without them.” Although Sherman retains the GM title, he will not have the final say anymore on things such as trades and other hockey personnel decisions. After a couple of weeks evaluating the front office top to bottom, Kroenke said he felt Sherman “deserved the chance to see things through.” “My responsibilities will involve the day-to-day operations of the hockey franchise,” said Sherman, who likely will be primarily responsible for salary negotiations and salary cap matters. “But when it comes down to the final call, it’ll be Joe’s call.” Asked if he was disappointed about the diminished authority, Sherman said: “I think remaining the general manager speaks for itself. To have the opportunity to work next to Joe Sakic and Josh Kroenke, I think that’s a great opportunity for me.” The Avs still have a large vacancy: head coach. Sakic said he will immediately devote most of his attention to finding a successor for the fired Joe Sacco. source:

Sakic to land big role within Avalanche franchise

(CP photo) Mike Johnston May 8, 2013, 11:45 PM Former Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic is expected to take on a large front office position with his former team, according to Hockey Central Insiders Daren Millard and Nick Kypreos. Told Joe Sakic will be taking over the hockey side of the Avalanche.per @ realkyper earlier report, filling Elway type roll. announce soon. — Daren Millard (@darenmillard) May 8, 2013 The Hockey Hall of Famer has been an executive advisor to the team since 2011. The Avalanche recently fired their head coach Joe Sacco after the team finished second last in the NHL and worst in the Western Conference during shortened 2013 season. More changes are expected throughout the franchise. There have been rumours that if Sakic took over hockey operations that Craig Billington could become the team’s general manager (Greg Sherman is the Avs’ current GM) and would try to recruit longtime friend Patrick Roy to become the team’s head coach. Former Avalanche defenceman Adam Foote’s name has also been bandied about as a possible assistant coach. However, the team has yet to comment on Sakic’s future with the franchise or any management rumours. source:


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