TSN is reporting (citing La Presse) that Patrick Roy is still a candidate to become the Montreal Canadiens next head coach. These reports come only a day after the Calgary Flames hired one of the Habs' candidates, Bob Hartley. With that in mind, is Patrick Roy the best option for the Canadiens?
Roy, without a doubt, is one of the best goaltenders to ever play the game. He won four Stanley Cups, (two with the Canadiens) and took home the Conn Smythe trophy a record three times. The Montreal fans would be very pleased to see Roy join the Canadiens organization in any capacity.
Roy has spent the last seven seasons in the QMJHL as a co-owner, GM and coach of the Quebec Remparts. Roy has had success, leading the Remparts to a Memorial Cup title in 2006.
However, Roy has no NHL coaching experience, while two other candidates do.
Marc Crawford, who currently works as an analyst with TSN, has coached 1,151 games in the NHL. He coached the Quebec Nordiques in their last season in 1995, before leading the team to a Stanley Cup title the following year, the team's first season as the Colorado Avalanche.
Michel Therrien has only 462 games of NHL coaching experience, although that does include a stint with the Canadiens between 2001 and 2003. His most recent head coaching job was with the Pittsburgh Penguins, where he was fired mid-way through the 2009 season.
Crawford and Therrien are viable options, but why not take a chance and hire Roy?
The Canadiens hired Marc Bergevin on as GM, although he’s spent years in the Blackhawks organization as a scout and assistant GM, this is his first job as a General Manager.
Bergevin kept interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth as an assistant coach (at least for now) and recently hired Scott Mellanby on as the director of player personnel.
The Canadiens have a solid staff in place and coming off a season in which they finished last in the Eastern Conference, what is there to lose?
Roy may not be the most experienced candidate, but he has proven to be a winner throughout his career, as both a coach and player.
Roy is an NHL legend, especially in the province of Quebec. With the Canadiens currently in their longest Stanley Cup drought in team history, why not hire the man who led them to their last two championships?