Patrick Roy is a strong candidate for the Avalanche head coaching job, an NHL source confirmed Sunday.

The former Avalanche goaltender and NHL Hall of Famer is considered a rising star in the coaching ranks and was offered Colorado's head coaching job in 2009 before turning it down. With the job open again, and with fewer personal ties to his job with the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, Roy could have renewed interest in coming back to Denver.

Avalanche vice president of hockey operations Joe Sakic would not comment when asked whether he has met with Roy recently to discuss the coaching job. Roy could not be reached for comment.

Roy, 47, has a 307-138-32 record as coach of the Remparts since 2005, including one Memorial Cup championship. When he turned down the Avalanche job in 2009, he listed wanting to coach his youngest son, Frederick, with the Remparts as a major reason. Because his sons — another, Jonathan, also played for the Remparts — have moved on, Roy could feel the time is right to have his first NHL coaching job. He also said at the time that he hoped the Avs might consider him again someday.