Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy and Jean-Sebastien Giguere, the Avalanche's backup netminder, have combined to win five Stanley Cup championships and four Conn Smythe trophies for playoff MVP. So some might think the Avs don't need a goalie coach. But Roy, the club's new head coach, said Tuesday there will be a specialist on staff to work with Giguere and youngster Semyon Varlamov. "I have someone in mind," Roy said at his introductory news conference. "We're going to have a goalie coach, no doubt about it." A logical choice might be Francois Allaire, who mentored Roy and Giguere. Allaire previously was employed by an NHL team in 2010 when he worked with Giguere and the Toronto Maple Leafs. "Varlamov and Giguere are two very good goalies (and) Jiggy ... I'm sure he's like a big brother. (A goalie coach is) going to help (both) become even better," Roy said. Giguere, who turned 36 on May 16, is thrilled with the Avs' selection of Roy to replace Joe Sacco. Roy, 47, is from Quebec City, and Giguere from Montreal. "He's a guy I modeled myself after as a kid, (partly) because we had the same goalie coach," Giguere said of Roy. "I'm sure we take a lot of what we think and how we feel about the game from (Allaire)."
Avalanche will bring in new goalie coach, perhaps Francois Allaire
Denver Post | May 29