|One of Da Nephew's Roy cards.|
I certainly owe him a lot of thanks for all the free drinks. On the East Coast, Roy is not a common name, but everyone and anyone - Habs or hockey fan or not - had heard of Patrick Roy.
When I was in university our shared last name meant I spent a lot of party time claiming him as a cousin (we're not related) and promising autographs I never did deliver on in exchange for some free hooch. I'd feign guilt here but honestly it was a damned good scam for a while and like most students I was on a strict budget.
I also vividly recall Roy backstopping the Habs during their championship wins before The Deal That Shall Never Be Mentioned on this blog. He was a terrific goalie and he deserved the props he got. He earned them.
That's about it for my liking of Patrick Roy. You see, I always thought he was a bit of an egotistical prick, an opinion that reading his biography, authored by his father, did nothing to change.
I've lost count of the number of sanctions he's received by the QMJHL, a couple of which were quite recent, back in January and February of 2012. He has a big mouth and he's always been truly happy to use it.
Does anyone else remember that quote about the two Stanley Cup rings in his ears? Yeah, did you know Roy didn't come up with that retort, just stated it?
When it comes to flash and fervour Roy's the guy to go to for sure. But I don't think it's what the Habs need, and I don't see how pre-ordaining him as the next Habs coach will (a) solve anything or (b) attract a quality GM.
Roy is a hothead and a petulant one at that. He just blew a 3 game series lead the Quebec Remparts held over the Halifax Mooseheads and was churlish enough to refuse to shake hands after his team got bounced.
Considering the struggles the Habs have had recently with their image and questions arising surrounding their professionalism - the latest of which is the Gauthier / Cammalleri jersey fiasco - I'm not sure a coach that acts like a sulky teenager is capable of leading a team of professional men who are looking to rebound from a terrible and forgettable season.
That sort of leadership might fly in a locker room full of petulant teenagers but I've had such bosses during my 25+ years in the workforce and I've never respected any of them nor considered them as guides or mentors. Mostly I tolerated them until one of us left.
Coaches require vision and a flexible, adaptable game plan to go along with their passion. Roy, by comparison, always comes across like a Kardashian to me. He likes the media and his sound bites and the attention just as much. He always did. And it has always been one of his primary focuses too, as opposed to just the hockey.
Of course it will distract nicely should the Habs have another dismal season next year, but as a fan I'd really rather pass. It's all bad enough without adding Roy as a ringmaster to the circus that is the Habs media world.
I also don't see how pre-ordaining Roy as Head Coach will attract a GM the Habs need.
The Habs need a GM who sees what needs to be done and will bite the bullet to do it. He must be able to develop a strategy and then have the balls to execute it. And I don't mean Pierre Gauthier's style of strategy either, wherein the primary focus is not to get his ass fired so he doesn't do much of anything unless he thinks there's a leak in the roof and buys an expensive Tomas Kaberle brand patch.
If there is a GM out there who feels confident he has a plan to fix the Canadiens and is willing to seize the reigns and have a go, how on earth does hamstringing him with a volitaile coach help the future of the franchise? The GM must pick the coach, not have one forced upon him. They must be on the same page if this team is to become a legitimate contender again.
Roy says the Habs haven't contacted him and that he wants to remain with the Remparts. I'm glad to hear it.
He was a great goaltender in his day, and worthy of the praise and legacy the NHL and the Canadiens have heaped upon him. But to choose him as a Head Coach for the team when he has no NHL coaching experience, or even AHL coaching experience, just because he has a great history with the team and is bilingual, is just not good enough for me.
Wasn't part of the reason Jacques Martin was hired in the first place because of all the complaints about rookie coaches for the Habs? Wasn't this a huge argument against Guy Carbonneau? Yet Roy's legacy is greater so he gets a pass on that level I guess, but not with me.
I can appreciate the arguments about Roy's passion, especially after watching the controlled quiet that Martin offered behind the bench, which was oftentimes easily mistaken for indifference. What I find hard to take is Roy's lunacy and lack of professionalism.
Sending your son out of his crease to start a fight? Yeah, let's see Roy try that with Carey Price and frankly I don't trust him not to try it either.
Despite the playoffs going on, I'm much more interested in all the "what ifs" surrounding the Canadiens at the moment. It will be interesting to see who the Habs choose as GM. It will be even more interesting to see if this new GM names his own head coach and if he does who it will be.
And if Patrick Roy does become the next Head Coach for the Habs I'm going to run a pool on how long he lasts before he gets shoved out the door.