Roy, Roy, Roy! Av's Crying For Help

Phil HopersbergerCorrespondent IMay 18, 2009

DENVER - MAY 25:  Patrick Roy #33 of the Colorado Avalanche makes a save off the shot of Brett Hull #17 of the Detroit Red Wings in the second period of game four of the Western Conference Finals during the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado on May 25, 2002. Colorado defeated Detroit 3-2 to tie the series 2-2.  (Photo by Jeff Vinnick/Getty Images/NHLI)

According to today's Denver Post, Patrick may be with the Avalanche again, this time as the head coach!

Somebody may want to let Tony Granato know—again.  Very classy move by the front office.

But Hockeytown would welcome the renewed fisticuffs if the rumor is true.

Colorado's fiery feud with the Red Wings is little more than a greasy smolder these days, but if the Avs bring Patrick Roy back, then pass the gas, baby!  This rivalry is cooking again!

After finishing last in the Western Conference this year, with less than 200 goals, the Avs were a shadow of the club Detroiters had grown to love to hate.  Frankly, they were embarrassing—even for Wings fans.

So here's hoping St. Patrick gets the job in Denver.  What great fodder for Detroit sportswriters with Roy's witty quips!

My favorite was his jabs with Jeremy Roenick in 1996's Conference Finals, when the forward scored on Roy and suggested the goalie's "jock was up in the rafters."

Said Roy, "I cannot really hear what Jeremy says, because I've got my two Stanley Cup rings plugging my ears."

Great material for us scribes in Detroit.

I can see a frustrated Patrick leaning over the glass and making French remarks about Babcock's hair now. 

And Babs smirking like Scotty taught him to do—a la Marc Crawford's tirade in 1997.

"What sound does a big baby love to make, Patrick?  Roy, Roy, Roy!"

Pass the gas.  Help is on the way!