Now that Pierre Gauthier has finally been fired by the Montreal Canadiens, the search for a new general manager can begin in earnest. Former Montreal Canadiens Hall of Fame defenseman (1966-81) and general manager Serge Savard (1983-95) has been handed the task of finding a replacement in a hurry.
Many reporters in the Montreal area have been calling for former Habs goalie Patrick Roy to be the new coach and or GM for the struggling Canadiens. Roy is currently co-owner, general manager and coach of the Quebec Remparts, a hugely successful franchise in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) based in Quebec City.
There are a lot of reasons this is a good idea. There is a lot of logic behind the idea.
Savard was the GM who drafted Patrick Roy in the third round (51st overall) back in 1984. Both of the Cup teams that Savard was involved with starred Patrick Roy in net.
French Canadian fans love St. Patrick. He is one of the best French-Canadian players to have played in the NHL in the last 20 years.
Roy obviously fulfills all the French language and birth requirements that a Montreal Canadien employee could be expected to have.
He is a Hall of Fame goalie often mentioned in discussions of the greatest NHL goalie of all time.
Patrick Roy was also the goaltender for the last two Montreal Canadien Stanley Cups. His performances in 1986 and 1993 were among the best in 100 years of great Montreal Canadien Stanley Cup goaltending. He, like Savard, is a link back to the last actual success the Montreal Canadiens ever had.
Montreal is a young team and Patrick has been in the young talent development business in Quebec with the Remparts. The likely first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens in this year's NHL entry draft will be Mikhail Grigorenko, who plays for Patrick Roy and the Quebec Remparts.
All these factors make it easy to see St. Patrick as the saviour in Montreal. Unfortunately, I don't think he is the right fit for the job the Canadiens need done.
Here are seven reasons I believe Patrick Roy can't get the job in Montreal as either general manager or coach.