Dear Patrick Roy,
It’s been one year since you
quit resigned. At the time, I was angry and disappointed that you up and left for seemingly no reason. As more and more information came it, it became obvious that you left because you didn’t get your way.
Some will say that last year's season was vindication for you. You saw the writing on the wall. Instead of going down with the ship that you helped steer into the iceberg, you grabbed the life vests and took off on the lifeboat. Some would call you smart for your decision. I wouldn’t agree with those people.
I’m not here to cast further blame. It’s been a year. You moved on immediately and your silence has spoken volumes. As fans, it’s taken us a little longer.
The team has had a full season and offseason without having to deal with your ego or needs. You were a flawed coach and decision maker, but it wasn’t just you. Last season and this offseason have proven that the entire organization is flawed. The owner wants to create a big-game hunting channel for Christ’s sake.
I’m here to move on. To me, you’re still the greatest goalie of all-time. You’re still a big part of the two best seasons in franchise history. What happened last year doesn’t change the moments you delivered on the ice. That one day doesn’t take away those two Stanley Cups. You left the organization is abrupt fashion, but you weren’t the first person to do such a thing and you won’t be the last. It’s not like you committed a crime. You made a business decision. A business decision that I didn’t like or respect, but a business decision nonetheless.
Four years from now, when the Avs are hopefully a mediocre team challenging for a playoff spot, they’ll hold a 30th anniversary Stanley Cup celebration in an effort to boost ticket sales for one night. I hope by then that you’ve patched things up with the organization. You can walk into the arena with your head held high, knowing you got out before it got bad and everyone you left behind failed to survive. Joe Sakic probably won’t be the general manager because of months like this where he’s failed to accomplish the most pressing tasks. You can greet him with a smirk that says, “I told you so” before chatting about the good times on the ice.
It’s no fun seeing a franchise legend leave with such disgrace. To watch an entire fanbase, myself included, turn on a man we loved and defended for years. This last year wasn’t fun. The team sucking was only part of the misery. The other part was having to deal with the fallout from you leaving. Like you have been throughout your entire career, you were a lightning rod for discussion, even if you were no longer with the team.
This past year took at least five years off my sports life. I don’t want to go through that again. It’s been a year. I’m ready to move on.