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Published: Tue, August 16, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Roy abruptly resigns as Avalanche coach and executive

Roy abruptly resigns as Avalanche coach and executive

I thank all the players I have had the pleasure of coaching and the fans for their unwavering, unconditional support. Roy is famous for being stubborn with his coaching methods.

And it seemed to work, didn't it?

Roy, who helped the Avalanche win two Stanley Cup championships as a goalie, returned to the organization as coach in the 2013-14 season.

Under the guidance of the Hall of Fame goalie, the Avs went from being one of the worst teams in the National Hockey League to having the third-best record. It appears that Roy feels things have changed.

The past two seasons have been a struggle, with the Avalanche missing the playoffs and going a combined 78-80-16.

Legend Patrick Roy resigned as coach and vice president of hockey operations with the Colorado Avalanche on Thursday.

Sakic and Roy were teammates on those Avalanche Stanley Cup teams in 1996 and 2001.

According to the Denver Post, Sakic was on vacation when he received word of Roy's departure.

Roy issued a news release announcing the move.

In a separate written statement, Sakic said Roy informed him of his decision to leave the organization on Thursday. Roy was also the organization's vice president of hockey operations. Roy was also Vice President of hockey operations for Colorado as well.

"These conditions are not now met", Roy concluded. The Avs did not comment. Fortunately, as we've learned many times over in Roy's career, luck always runs out. A few potential next destinations immediately come to mind.

Or what about the new team in Las Vegas? Now as we built up our staff and a staff that we all really trust, especially in season, it allowed that Patrick's decisions were focused more on coaching and then in the offseason we started working on free agents together.

Anyway, the Roy-to-Montreal rumor is officially a go.

With turmoil comes opportunity though and the team can hire a better head coach.

It's safe to assume that part of Roy's "say" would include dumping one of his best players - defenseman Tyson Barrie just signed an extension after a contentious negotiating process - rather than make changes himself. That being said, the Central Division, is statistically the toughest division in the National Hockey League.

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