Colorado Avalanche Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations Patrick Roy has resigned today, citing a difference in vision between himself and the organization.
The Avalanche off-season was clearly moving in a different direction when the team took an entirely different approach to the draft and free agency and clearly this is where the divide between Roy and the rest of the front office developed. Roy released the following statement:
"For the past three years, I have carried out my duties as Head Coach and Vice President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche with energy, passion and determination.
I have thought long and hard over the course of the summer about how I might improve this team to give it the depth it needs and bring it to a higher level. To achieve this, the vision of the coach and VP-Hockey Operations needs to be perfectly aligned with that of the organization. He must also have a say in the decisions that impact the team's performance. These conditions are not currently met.
Today, I am informing you of my decision to leave the Colorado Avalanche organization. Though it saddens me, I have put much thought about this decision in recent weeks and have come to be fully comfortable with it.
I am grateful to the Colorado Avalanche organization, with which I remain in good terms, for letting me lead this great team. I thank all the players I have had the pleasure of coaching and the fans for their unwavering, unconditional support.
I remain forever loyal to the Avalanche with which I played 478 games, coached another 253, and won two Stanley Cups."
Roy's time coaching the Avalanche was a turbulent one as his arrival alongside Joe Sakic as the General Manager led to what many thought was the re-birth of the Avs as a contender as they sprinted to a division title in their first season leading the organization. That hot start turned out to be more of an illusion, however, as Roy struggled to recapture that same magic and the team failed to make the postseason in Roy's final two seasons behind the bench.
There is no word on who will replace Roy as the Head Coach for the upcoming season. We'll continue following this story as more details come out.
FROM THE AVS:
“Patrick informed me of his decision today,” said Avalanche executive vice president/general manager Joe Sakic. “We appreciate all he has done for our organization and wish him the best of luck in the future."
“We will begin the search for a new head coach immediately,” continued Sakic.