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Patrick Roy re-signs with Columbus Blue Jackets
In the National Hockey League today, there are plenty of vacancies, both in the team management offices and behind the bench.

Many teams are looking for a new general manager and/or head coach for the 2023-2024 season.

All these vacancies are creating a bit of a rumour circus across the NHL, as many names are circulating in the rumours and the media, but they are almost never linked to the same team.

This makes it very difficult to make predictions about who will be hired and where, even if some rumours are stronger than others, such as the one sending Kyle Dubas to Pittsburgh.

Considering all the rumours, and all the vacancies in the NHL, it’s safe to assume that Patrick Roy could make a return to the NHL from behind the bench.

Well, last night, during intermission of the Stars-Golden Knights game, renowned whistleblower Elliotte Friedman stated that if there’s one team that has contacted Patrick Roy, it’s the Columbus Blue Jackets.

So, even if his name isn’t circulating as much as others, Patrick Roy is clearly generating interest throughout the NHL, and according to Friedman, the Blue Jackets are interested in his services.

This isn’t the first time Roy has been linked to the Blue Jackets. Jeff Marek has already raised the possibility.

Patrick Roy’s excellent season at the helm (both as general manager and head coach) of the Quebec Remparts in the QMJHL has certainly impressed several NHL teams.

In fact, the Remparts have won their first QMJHL championship since 1976, and are currently at the Memorial Cup, where they currently have a 1-0 record after beating the Kamloops Blazers 8-3.

The Remparts’ second game is tomorrow against the Seattle Thunderbirds, who also won their first game.

In short, Roy’s team’s successes this season have left many eyes wide open, which currently explains why the Columbus Blue Jackets are interested in his services.

The Blue Jackets fired their head coach, Brad Larsen, on April 15, after finishing 31st and last in the NHL.

The Ohio team is clearly rebuilding, but already boasts a number of excellent young players in its ranks, and several other prospects will soon be joining the team, including one who will be drafted 3rd overall in the upcoming draft.

Roy would therefore be joining a team that isn’t looking to win yet, but wants to develop its young players.

Would this be the right fit for Roy?

What’s certain is that the former CH goaltender deserves to return to the NHL.

Stay tuned.

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