Am I the only one confused by the Patrick Roy news today? The assumption is that Roy is meeting with Pierre Lacroix to discuss a coaching position. While the overall concept makes sense, the timing does not.
In case you forgot, the Avalanche have a coach. I certainly haven't - I've been complaining that Tony Granato is still around since April 13th. Regardless, the Avalanche have a coach and you don't talk to potential new coaches when there's a coach in place.
The Avalanche do not have a GM. The GM is the guy who hires (and fires) the coach. So, again, why would Lacroix be rumored to be talking to a potential new coach? Shouldn't that be the job of the next GM? Even assuming the next GM will be a Pierre Puppet, this is rather brash stuff from PL. "Congratulations on becoming the next GM, Craig Billington, now here's the coach I've picked for you. Hey, give Tony a call for me, will you?"
Even as ass-backwards as the organization is doing things lately, this just doesn't make sense. There's only a few different conclusions you can draw from today's news.
- Roy is just in Denver to take in a few Nuggets games and just happened to pay a visit to his old friend (and agent).
- Pierre Lacroix is even more sheltered and egomaniacal than we figured and has no need for our silly standard operating procedures.
- Roy will be joining the team as a different capacity other than coach. GM? GM / coach? Janitor? Scout? 2nd-line center?
As Dater reminds us today, "Lacroix said the Avs would have a new 'management structure' upon Giguere's dismissal, so it's possible there could be some new hybrid roles for existing personnel or those who join the team." Frankly, it sounds like a giant clusterfuck in the making.