Talk in league circles Saturday was that legendary NHL goaltender Patrick Roy is expected to be the final interview by Ottawa general manager Pierre Dorion in a thorough search for the vacant post behind the bench.
It’s believed the Senators could speak to the 53-year-old Roy next week to discuss the possibility of being a full-time replacement for Guy Boucher, who was fired by the club on March 1. That would make Roy the mystery seventh candidate for the job, with six interviews already completed.
Roy also has a good relationship with Ottawa assistant GM Peter MacTavish, a former agent, who has been conducting the interviews with Dorion.
While Roy is best known for his Hall-of-Fame career with the Montreal Canadiens and the Colorado Avalanche, he has paid his dues as a coach and has had success. He spent three seasons with the Avs from 2014-to-2016. He finished with a 130-92-24 record with the Avs in 246 games behind the bench and had a .577 save-percentage.
Roy returned to the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts at the beginning of last season. A former owner of the club, he sold his interests to Quebecor Inc. and is in his second stint behind the Remparts bench. He finished last season with a 27-28-0 record in 68 games. The fact he has spent plenty of time with young players is the reason he’s a candidate.