Is it just me? I adore seeing all the ink proclaiming Roy as fantastic, especially given the fact that after his first game as a coach a lot of media was questioning him. Smart man, that Roy.
In citing the reasons why Patrick Roy should win the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s coach of the year, it is the remarkable rocketing up the standings by his Colorado Avalanche that should push St. Patrick over the top.
Consider that the 55-22-8 Avs, under the guidance of their rookie bench boss, became the first NHL team since 1979 expansion to go from botton three to top three.
If that’s not reason to give Roy the nod, we don’t know what is.
Admittedly, the Avs poor 2012-13 season did put them into position to pick budding superstar Nathan MacKinnon with the first overall pick last summer at the ‘13 entry draft, a position they found themselves in after leapfrogging the 30th place Florida Panthers in the draft lottery.
Of course, Roy’s fingerprints were all over that selection.
Mike Keenan doesn't believe he'll head back to the NHL.
With four NHL head coaching jobs open, coupled with the fact he just won the KHL championship, you'd think Mike Keenan would be itching to get back to the NHL.
You would be wrong.
"I actually never thought about it and I don't think about it anymore," Keenan told me Tuesday. "People had an opportunity to hire me before and they didn't.
"I was out [of coaching] for about three years and doing TV, and when the opportunity to coach in Russia came along, I took some time to think about it and then decided to do it. They want me back, and at this point that's the only option I have.
"I'm too old to be sitting here worrying about if I'm going to get a chance to coach in the NHL again. I did not take the job in the KHL as a vehicle to get me back to the NHL. I know I can coach in the NHL, but there is no interest."
I think it's safe to say that Perry is a pest.
Corey Perry has scored 50 goals in one NHL season. He has won one Stanley Cup, a pair of Olympic gold medals and just finished the first season of an eight-year contract worth US$69-million with the Anaheim Ducks. Also: He can be a bit of a jerk to play against.
Case in point, as provided by TSN — Game 1 of Anaheim’s second-round playoff series against their freeway rivals, the Los Angeles Kings. During a break in play, Perry spots an unattended glove on the Los Angeles bench.
The glove belongs to Jeff Carter, who happened to be one of Perry’s teammates for that second Olympic gold medal, three months ago in Sochi. Perry does not seem to care, as he awaits an opening before squirting water from his bottle into Carter’s glove.
Carter notices, but only too late, putting on a soaking wet glove.