Patrick Roy’s Misguided Tirade Shows Complete Lack of Accountability as Coach

April 7th, 2016 by Jonathan Willis Leave a reply »

On Wednesday, Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy was interviewed on Denver ratio station 104.3 The Fan about the problems with his team.

He had a long list. He cited injuries and he cited goaltending. He complained about the drafting and about the loss of Paul Stastny. He criticized his core and his leaders. Conspicuously absent from his list of complaints was the head coach, a man who has now overseen two consecutive years of declining performance in Denver.

We should start with Roy’s complaints about goaltender Semyon Varlamov, because his comments in that area are a microcosm of the entire interview:

Sometimes, some nights it’s on the goaltender’s shoulders to close the game. It doesn’t matter if you have 10 shots or 25 shots, you have an opportunity to protect the lead and keep the game as it is. That’s the beauty of the position; it’s the part that I loved about the position. It allowed me to make the difference and seal the deal for the team. Has [Varlamov] done that enough? No.

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