NHL head teaching hopeful Patrick Roy introduced Tuesday he’s leaving his publish with the QMJHL’s Québec Remparts, reports TVA Sports. Roy and his Remparts simply gained the 2023 Memorial Cup, defeating the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds with a shutout win within the remaining recreation.
The timing is auspicious, given the sale of the Ottawa Senators to Michael Andlauer was agreed upon in precept Tuesday morning. Roy, who’s been related to Senators teaching vacancies previously, may very well be a number one candidate if the workforce decides to maneuver on from D.J. Smith behind the bench this summer season underneath new possession.
Roy final coached within the NHL in 2016, serving as the top coach and VP of hockey operations for the Colorado Avalanche earlier than abruptly quitting throughout coaching camp previous the 2016-17 marketing campaign. He was succeeded by Jared Bednar, who guided the Avalanche to their first Stanley Cup in over 20 years in 2022.
After taking two years off, Roy returned to the Remparts as GM and head coach in 2018. Earlier than becoming a member of the Avalanche, he had been Québec’s coach from 2005-13 and basic supervisor since retiring from the NHL in 2003. He additionally owned the Remparts from 1997 to 2014.
Roy has a penchant for a defensive model of play as a coach, an space the place the Senators have struggled in latest seasons. One would argue, although, with the standout particular person defensive performances of gamers like Artem Zub, that it’s extra of a personnel challenge than a training one. However, if he does find yourself behind the Senators’ bench, enhancing the workforce’s defensive techniques can be his first precedence.