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ROY: "I WOULD LISTEN IF THE CANADIENS CALLED"

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If an NHL team - namely the Montreal Canadiens - came calling regarding a vacant job, Patrick Roy certainly won't have his Stanley Cup rings plugged in his ears.

The former Canadiens goaltender and Hall of Famer told reporters on Sunday that he would consider any proposal that's brought to his attention at the end of the season.

"Once the end of the season arrives and if a team shows some interest in me - Colorado or Montreal for example - it's certain I would listen to see what kind of role I would have in the organization," Roy said at a media conference following a victory by his Quebec Remparts on Sunday. "So to respond to your question, yes - it is certain I would listen if the Canadiens called."

Roy's name has already been bandied about in media and fan circles as the logical choice to coach the Canadiens after the club replaced Jacques Martin over the weekend with interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth. Canadiens general manager Pierre Gauthier stipulated on Saturday that Cunneyworth would be behind the bench through the end of the season.

"I'm extremely flattered by the public's reaction," Roy told reporters. "Ever since my jersey retirement (in 2008), I've had a closer relationship with the fans and the Canadiens organization. When you see people continue to push for my candidacy, it's very flattering. It also encourages me because in some way it makes me realize that what we're doing with the Remparts is being recognized by admirers."

Roy, who is the coach, GM and part-owner of the Remparts, guided the QMJHL team to a Memorial Cup championship in 2006 and has helped build a perennial Top 10 CHL team in the provincial capital.

Since working with the Remparts, the 46-year-old has been a subject of speculation for NHL coaching and GM jobs with both the Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche - the two teams that Roy played for in his 18-year NHL career.

"Honestly, if I was appproached one day, it's the type of discussion I would like to keep quiet," Roy continued. "I'm at a period in my life where I'm analyzing every situation that presents itself to me."

Roy also addressed the questions about whether a non-French speaker should be awarded the top post in Montreal.

"It's a very delicate question," he explained. "I understand in one way that the Canadiens organization have given assistant coach positions to anglophones. I'm convinced it's a question that must annoy the organization. But sometimes we have no control of what happens. I imagine that Pierre Gauthier believes that the best person to replace Jacques Martin was a person internally. For the fans, it's not easy to accept. But they must have confidence in the organization."

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Three words from me on this.......DO IT,Dammit.

Hope Mr. Molson gets this.;)

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He'd certainly would bring that fired- up no-nonsense habs passion behind the bench.....I'd welcome it.

Certainly,this discussion between Patrick & habs management should be entertained....IMO

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He'd certainly would bring that fired- up no-nonsense habs passion behind the bench.....I'd welcome it.

Certainly,this discussion between Patrick & habs management should be entertained....IMO

The last two guys with big tempers/fired-up attitudes/passion - whatever you want to call it - that we hired were Mario Tremblay and Michel Therrien. Just saying. Patrick's had some success in the minors, but that by no means tells us he has what it takes to coach in the NHL. Neither does his pedigree as an ex-superstar (see Gretzky, Wayne). I'm also willing to give him a shot in the AHL or as an assistant, but it's more hope and enthusiasm that's leading people to believe he'll be able to turn this franchise around. Not saying he can't do it, just that the odds of him doing it are probably lower than Cunneyworth doing it, and not too many people seem to appreciate RC right now.

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The last two guys with big tempers/fired-up attitudes/passion - whatever you want to call it - that we hired were Mario Tremblay and Michel Therrien. Just saying. Patrick's had some success in the minors, but that by no means tells us he has what it takes to coach in the NHL. Neither does his pedigree as an ex-superstar (see Gretzky, Wayne). I'm also willing to give him a shot in the AHL or as an assistant, but it's more hope and enthusiasm that's leading people to believe he'll be able to turn this franchise around. Not saying he can't do it, just that the odds of him doing it are probably lower than Cunneyworth doing it, and not too many people seem to appreciate RC right now.

:lol: Yea....sportsnet just finished discussing this....they say he brings way to much passion :blink: for his own good .....funny,were always complaining that we don't see this from many of our recent coaches ....and Roy comes too over qualified in this department.:lol:

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:lol: Yea....sportsnet just finished discussing this....they say he brings way to much passion :blink: for his own good .....funny,were always complaining that we don't see this from many of our recent coaches ....and Roy comes too over qualified in this department.:lol:

I'd like to see more emotion than JM or BG displayed, but I don't want a guy who spends all his time yelling but has no idea what he's doing tactically either. There's a balance that can be achieved there.

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I'd rather he work his way up from the organization starting in Hamilton and see how it goes from there.

I'm not in particular favor of Roy as head coach but I don't see why he'd have to gain experience in the organization. He's not Carbo, he's actually been cutting his teeth coaching high level hockey and from all accounts, has actually done a very good job in the Q. I don't know that any non NHL gig can prepare you for Montreal, it's a tough place to cut your teeth in the NHL. He'd probably have some idea what he was getting himself into. Not sure if that's good or bad.

I'd be lukewarm on him, I wouldn't be full on upset if we hired him as head coach though.

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Want Price to get the hell outta Dodge? Bring in Roy.

Who's to say he's wanting to stay * come contact time..........................just saying.;)

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He is well respected off the ice and should be respected from the players.

I respect St.Patrick ;)

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it's more hope and enthusiasm that's leading people to believe he'll be able to turn this franchise around. Not saying he can't do it, just that the odds of him doing it are probably lower than Cunneyworth doing it, and not too many people seem to appreciate RC right now.

Bingo.

The reality is that any chance this franchise has of "turning things around" will come from the players we have now & the moves Gauthier can make. I mean lets face it: a healthy blueline (incl Markov), a resurgence from vets like Cammy and Gionta and the continued improvement from our yougnsters (Patches, Eller, Pk, Diaz etc) and this team may be able to make some noise. Roy most likely wouldnt change much unless he himself could strap on the pads & get in the game.

I know people like the the idea of Roy coming in & helping Price - but lets face it: Price isnt our problem right now, in any way, shape or form. Patrick Roy in his prime wouldnt be able to do much more than what Price has done so far this season.

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3 years and they will burn down the Bell Centre at this rate. Sure, they will fill the rink every game but there will be turmoil every single damn day till they do right in this franchise. I dont get the lame duck approach we have been taking. How many times do we need to get pummeled and outworked by bigger stronger teams? I am all for fast small players but they need to be complemented by bigger wingers. I dont even know why I bother with this anymore. Those guys know what they are doing right?

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Bingo.

The reality is that any chance this franchise has of "turning things around" will come from the players we have now & the moves Gauthier can make. I mean lets face it: a healthy blueline (incl Markov), a resurgence from vets like Cammy and Gionta and the continued improvement from our yougnsters (Patches, Eller, Pk, Diaz etc) and this team may be able to make some noise. Roy most likely wouldnt change much unless he himself could strap on the pads & get in the game.

I know people like the the idea of Roy coming in & helping Price - but lets face it: Price isnt our problem right now, in any way, shape or form. Patrick Roy in his prime wouldnt be able to do much more than what Price has done so far this season.

Hear, hear!

I think people in general get too caught up in the nostalgia of the situation.

The reality is, this is talk about hiring a guy who's only coaching experience has come at the junior level. He's done a reasonable job there, but by no means has he blown anyone out of the water; the Remparts, by my knowledge anyway, are a pretty good franchise year-to-year. Even while he's been there, he's been involved in some bad situations that certainly don't help his image.

I know that people love to look for "inspirational" or "motivational" coaches, but often that comes from more than simply being loud and boisterous. Roy's passion could actually do us more harm than good, potentially.

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If Roy said he is willing to come, then why wait? Its not like things are looking so good right now. Make a deal with him where he comes asap instead of next season and give him the rest of the season to turn things around. If things improve, great, otherwise we know that his style is no good.

Now that it is out that he is willing to coach in the NHL, what is stopping other teams from contacting him. And if he does get hired by another team, then there goes our chance at a potential good coach who speaks french.

Another option is to give him the job in hamilton where the bulldogs are in the same boat as the habs in last place. This will give him some ahl experience and then let him take over for the habs from the start of next season. That way he is at least in the system.

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