“I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs to bring it to a higher level,” Roy said. “To achieve this, the vision of the coach and vice president of hockey operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team’s performance. These conditions are not currently met.”
There are naturally a lot of questions in Colorado right now and, with a month to go before training camp, it’s likely that this franchise has been thrown into tumult.
Executive vice president and general manager Joe Sakic said that the search for a new coach would begin immediately, but the talent pool is shrinking and there aren’t a lot of viable options.
And Roy released his statement independently, an hour before the Avalanche were able to produce their own news on the subject. At the time, Roy was still listed as the coach and vice president on the Colorado website.
Somehow, somewhere, things broke down.
Of course, speculation has emerged.
The differences in personality between Sakic and Roy have always been clear, with the former being one of the quietest men in hockey and the latter one of the more mercurial talents to ever strap on a set of pads. Many still remember his exit from the Montreal Canadiens, a hot-blooded display of infuriation that burned bridges on national television.
Given the wording of the statement and the emergence of some summer rumours that Roy was looking to have more say in the hiring of scouts, it’s likely that there were some clashes in the front office. And it’s also likely that Roy was looking for more control of the organization, given his desire to have things “perfectly aligned.”
Sure, Roy took home the Jack Adams Award as coach of the year in 2013-2014. But things began to tumble apart after that, especially as the Avalanche struggled in possession numbers and unsurprisingly led too much of the responsibility hang on their netminder. And now the Avalanche sit on the outside looking in, having missed the post-season habitually and having changed little this off-season.
Roy, from his perspective, wanted more to change. And he wanted a say. He didn’t get it, so the search begins anew.