NHL Legend Patrick Roy Set to Be the Next Montreal Canadiens Head Coach or GM?

Stefan KubusAnalyst IDecember 19, 2011

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.  The Bruins defeated the Canadiens 3-2 in a shootout.  (Photo by Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)
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Undeniably one of the best goaltenders of all-time, the legendary Patrick Roy is looking to get behind the bench of an NHL franchise now, namely one of the two he played for back in the day.

Roy, who finished his career second in wins (551) only to Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils (633 and counting), had this to say in an interview with TSN

Once the end of the season arrives and if a team shows some interest in me - Colorado or Montreal for example - it's certain I would listen to see what kind of role I would have in the organization... I would listen if the Canadiens called.

Whether that means taking over for Randy Cunneyworth at the end of the season as head coach or becoming the next GM should Pierre Gauthier get the boot, Roy would make for a solid candidate either way.

The four-time Stanley Cup winner has been serving as the owner, GM and head coach of the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts, and he has turned that franchise into a consistent top-10 club.

Bear with me here, as I just calculated this myself. Since taking the reins of the Remparts and including the 2011-12 season so far, Roy has led Quebec to a record of 293-130-10-18 (W-L-OTL-S/OL), which translates to a winning percentage of .680, including a Memorial Cup in 2006 in his first season behind the bench.

There's no doubt that the 'Habs faithful have a burning desire for tradition, so to have a French-speaking head coach (or GM) is nearly a must. There has been some negativity regarding Cunneyworth getting the job for the time being, considering he doesn't speak French.

At the end of the season, should the 'Habs not make the playoffs, Gauthier will likely be shown the door out as GM. From there, if the 'Habs elect not to go with Roy as GM, it will obviously be up to this new GM to decide whether or not he wants to hire Roy as the next 'Habs bench boss.

Regardless of which scenario occurs, it will be an interesting story to track and revisit come the season's end.