By Brian Madden, CBS4 Sports
DENVER (CBS4) – Roy.
Raise your hand if you are a clairvoyant.
Now, stop yourself. No one saw this news coming today.
Patrick Roy, the now former Head Coach, has left the Colorado Avalanche organization. Three years after he was hired, he no longer works for the Avs. Not only does he leave 130 career coaching wins behind, but he also relinquishes his role as Vice President of Hockey Operations.
In his statement Roy released earlier this afternoon, the 2013-2014 Jack Adams Award winner said, “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.” The “partnership” that Roy routinely spoke of, was obviously broken.
It’s a shame that the relationship between the Avalanche and Patrick Roy ended. The bonds of their partnership no longer exists. Soul searching has commenced.
Look yourself in the mirror. One of the more passionate people, in their respective sport, could not find the common synergy to improve this franchise.
A roster, that is as evenly compensated as is talented, needs to recognize the enormity of their leader’s decision.
The “core,” as Roy would put it, had better pay attention. If your goal was to underachieve, then congratulations, you’ve succeeded. That was not good enough for Roy. Patrick wanted more for the club, and more for the city of Denver. For whatever reason, the players did not respond. Their opportunities and potential are endless. If they collectively had harnessed an ounce of Roy’s passion, then they would not be in their current situation.
They had better respond this season, or they will be selecting new address labels. Training camp is around the corner.