With the dust finally settling on Patrick Roy’s sudden resignation and Joe Sakic beginning the hunt for a new head coach, Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog shared his reaction to Roy’s departure on a Swedish hockey podcast with Pro Hockey Magazine’s Linus Hugosson.
The podcast in full is linked below, but for those whose Swedish could use a little work, Avalanche fan and co-host of the “Talking the Avs” podcast, Robin Frederiksson, has graciously provided us with a translation of the interview.
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Linus Hugosson: Last night we were hit with the news that Patrick Roy has decided to step down as head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, how did you react?
Gabe Landeskog: Well, I got the news last night. I was just as shocked as everyone else. When I got back home to my American phone I noticed I had a missed call from Patrick. I gave him a call and we talked and I respected his decision. It’s very sad. I liked having him as coach and I respect him both as a coach and a person. We got along good, he was easy to work with. Sad news for sure. But on the other hand I have every confidence in Joe Sakic and the ownership. They will find us a good coach who can take us forward.
Hugosson: As you said, it was a shocking news, when you talked to him, did he mention any reasons behind his decision?
Landeskog: Not very much in-depth no, but I respect his decision and, like I said earlier, I think Joe Sakic and the owners will make a good decision and find us a good coach before the season starts.
Hugosson: Patrick hinted that he wasn’t getting along with the rest of the management group. What do you think he meant by that?
Landeskog: I don’t know, I don’t want to speculate too much. And like I said, I respect his decision. But obviously, the timing of this decision wasn’t the best. But it is what it is, and myself and the rest of the players have to take some responsibility too. If we would have made the playoffs, I doubt this would have happened.
Hugosson: How has Patrick Roy developed you as a player during the three years you have worked together?
Landeskog: He has allowed me to be the player I am. And he has helped me. Giving me lots of responsibility and ice time. As a player you grow when you make mistakes and he has allowed me to do that.
Hugosson: Last question. What’s your goal for the upcoming season?
Landeskog: Obviously, make the playoffs. And if you look at last season we shouldn’t have been forced to win 9 out of the final 10 games. We should have put ourselves in a better position before that. Everyone talks about how important the first month of the season is. And it’s going to be just as important this season. And we have the pieces that it takes, we just need to put it all together.