Roy turns down Avalanche coaching offer
After two weeks of thinking it over, Patrick Roy has turned down the Colorado Avalanche’s offer to be their new head coach, according to the Denver Post.
According to the paper, Roy phoned Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix on Tuesday night to tell him that he would not be accepting the offer because of family reasons, as he wants to spend more time with his children.
Read the entire article here.
I would guess that family probably wasn’t Roy’s only consideration when turning down this job. Some may speculate that Roy is waiting on other jobs such as the Canadiens opening, but I think a large part of his decision is attributable to the Avalanche’s long rebuilding process ahead of them. The team has needs on defense, in net and, to a lesser extent, up front and isn’t expected to contend for at least the next two seasons. Roy, being the ultimate competitor, probably sees himself growing tired of losing very quicky and felt it was best to wait for another opportunity.