Patrick Roy has announced that he is ready to consider NHL jobs after this junior hockey season. That news has Canadiens fans on red alert.
Roy, a Montreal legend, has forged a tough-guy coaching reputation while working with younger players. He is one of the potential Canadiens coaching candidates that excites the public.
Nobody gives interim coach Randy Cunneyworth much of a chance to get that job on a more permanent basis. He doesn’t speak French and he hasn’t inspired a turnaround to this point.
As the Ottawa Sun notes, this creates a lot of speculation. Canadiens owner Geoff Moulson is not a happy man right now.
Could Roy move behind the Canadiens bench next season? Or could he become general manager in place of Pierre “The Ghost” Gauthier, with the well-traveled Bob Hartley moving in as coach?
Might assistant Lightning GM Julian Brisebois be a worthy replacement for Gauthier? What about player agent Pat Brisson or Senators executive Pierre Dorion?
And what about former NHL player, coach and GM Bob Gainey – a man with impeccable Canadiens ties? Could he have a hand in all of this?
The Montreal Gazette nominated Guy Carbonneau for a return to that coaching post. He would be up for the challenge.
“I got fired by Bob (Gainey), and Pierre Gauthier was there, so I don’t know what Geoff would do,” Carbonneau told the Gazette. “I loved what I did when I was in Montreal, I enjoyed everything that was around it, even if it was hard … I think there’s nothing that’s ever easy. But I definitely want to go back behind a (NHL) bench, and I think Montreal is a great place for that.
“I would say what Patrick (Roy) said … I would definitely listen.”
Meanwhile cashiered Canadiens coach Jacques Martin is available to other NHL teams, which might be of interest to the floundering Blue Jackets. The defensive-minded Martin has a track record restoring order to undermanned teams.