Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Coach R?

Brian Thompson of the Examiner ponders the idea of Patrick Roy becoming the next head coach of the Colorado Avalanche.

I think Roy should become the next head coach.

This season we've been shown that Granato's passive style isn't cutting it. If it wasn't bad enough that we have watched our beloved Avalanche get slaughtered all the time, we have to hear Tony Granato tell us "the bounces didn't go our way" all the time.

The whole coaching staff needs to go; no Dave Barr, no Jacques Cloutier, no Tony Granato to start next season. Who actually believes a team with Ryan Smyth, Hejduk, Wolski, Stastny, Hannan, Liles, Foote, and Salei is bad enough to be tied for the second fewest points in the entire NHL (64)?

The article cites Roy's erratic behavior over the years as making him a gamble of a coach. That's a gamble I'm willing to take. Roy hates to lose. At the very least, we'd never hear him praising the play of Darcy Tucker, who's making 2.25 million this season and has a whole 8 goals. Roy can bring some much needed personality back to the franchise; Granato is a drone and Giguere hides in the shadows all season. Even if (when) the Avs are stinking it up again next season, the games will at least be worth watching for Roy's antics.

This organization needs a coach who can fire the team up, not a bunch of 'yes' men. We need someone who will motivate the players. We need someone who's a proven winner.

We need Roy.

(I'd like to note that I retract my Joseph comments from the previous post; he stood on his head late in the 3rd tonight. Budaj couldn't have done that!)

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