NHL Odds and Ends: Patrick Roy, Capitals Scandal, Finals Predictions

Ken YongContributor IMay 28, 2009

MONTREAL- NOVEMBER 22:   Former Montreal Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy speaks to fans during his retirement ceremony before the game against the Boston Bruins at the Bell Centre on November 22, 2008 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Patrick Roy Eyeing The Bleu, Blanc, et Rouge?

It was reported today that Patrick Roy has turned down an offer from the Colorado Avalanche to assume both Head Coaching and General Manager's duties, a generous and flattering offer indeed.

Roy has stated that he refused the position after considering it for two weeks. Ultimately he felt he would be happier staying with his current team, the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts.

"My quality of life here in Quebec City is extraordinary. I adore this adventure, I adore working with youth. For me it's a daily challenge—working to help these youths realize their dreams."

As great as that sounds, one can speculate that his real intentions may be much more practical.

While Roy has had a tumultuous relationship with the Montreal Canadiens, time has healed many wounds, and we may be close to seeing Patrick establish himself in a position with the Habs. It's a team, and a city that is much closer to Roy's heart than Denver, and they have yet to fill their coaching vacancy.

Patrick Roy will almost certainly be a coach in the NHL at some point in his career, and will probably be a Head Coach as well. The safe money says that it will most likely happen in Montreal.


Caps Steroid Scandal

The Washington Capitals have been implicated by a Florida steroid dealer, as one of the teams that had athletes purchasing illegal performance enhancing substances.

This is a huge blow to the NHL at a time when they should be celebrating one of the most exciting and successful Stanley Cup Playoffs in years. It will be a difficult job for the NHL's PR team to throw the blanket on this one.

But they must try. If the story proves to be true, and names start being named, then we could have a serious problem for the NHL's second most important cash cow: Alexander Ovechkin.

So far the NHL has done a decent job of limiting coverage. But as the story unfolds, things will likely get more challenging.


Pens-Wings II: Keys to the Cup

Things to watch for as this series kicks off:

  • The Red Wings are hurting, and with their win tonight, they won't get much of a rest going in to the Finals. While they were able to get by Chicago without Lidstrom or Datsyuk, the Penguins are much better equipped to expose the Wings backup defence. This will be a huge key for the Penguins.
  • Hossa has turned it on lately, most likely knowing that he will be in under the gun against a Penguins team that he spurned because he wanted to win a cup. Look for him to raise it to another level.
  • The Pens win the battle of vets without cups this year, which tends to be an advantage.
  • Malkin Malkin Malkin

My prediction: Penguins begin a new era this year, winning in six, with Sidney Crosby taking the Conn Smythe trophy.