According to a Montreal report, Pierre Lacroix has upped the ante in his pursuit of Patrick Roy to rejoin the Avalanche.
Ruefrontenac.com — a website run by locked-out journalists from Le Journal de Montreal — reported Sunday that Avs president Lacroix has offered Roy the jobs of coach and general manager, and that Roy wants to hire Sylvain Lefebvre and Guy Boucher as his assistant coaches.
I don't like it. Bringing in Roy as coach alone makes some sense, but I don't think anyone can do the dual roles effectively anymore given how complicated GMing has become and Roy would be stepping in with zero management experience at the pro level and ony six years removed from playing goal for the Avs.
The Habs are apparently also in the running for Roy's services as a coach, and some reports have indicated that's why Lacrois "has upped the ante." The Avs franchise is in a real mess right now, on the roster and at the gate, and handing the keys to a star from the glory days reeks of desperation.
Colorado fell to 26th in NHL attendance this year and was 28th in the standings. Another mistake at the GM position and Lacroix risks putting this franchise in a truly awful place.
(Meanwhile they're leaving Tony Granato in an awful place all along as he sits in the coach's role in name only. Why they'd leave him twisting in the wind, I haven't the foggiest.)