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Patrick Roy has not yet spoken to the Rangers about the coaching position

At the moment, several teams are still without a head coach for next season. We’re talking about the Ducks, Flames, Blue Jackets and Rangers.

Is any club likely to pull a rabbit out of its hat like the Predators this week? Maybe… #Toronto #Ottawa

All of which is to say that if Patrick Roy wants to return to the NHL, his best options may lie with these teams. After all, the timing seems right at the moment.

We know that his name is circulating a lot in Columbus, but does that mean he couldn’t go elsewhere? Does that mean the other portals are closed?

If there’s one club that often comes up when fans talk about Roy, it’s New York. After all, Roy in the Big Apple with a big club would be quite something.

But right now, all indications are that his former teammate Chris Drury, who runs the show in New York, has yet to pick up the phone and contact the Quebec Remparts pilot. That’s what Larry Brooks is saying, anyway.

Of course, Patrick Roy is currently at the Memorial Cup with his Remparts. So he’s not two seconds away from getting a job in the NHL, we agree.

But he would still have had a phone call from the Jackets, no matter how informal.

Does this mean that the Rangers really don’t want to talk to him? Or are they giving themselves time to think about it, as their process for hiring a pilot seems relatively long? We don’t know exactly.

Remember that in recent days, Peter Laviolette’s name was being bandied about in New York, but nothing is certain at the moment. The Rangers may not actually be that interested.

I’d like to see him in New York, since retraining coaches can be intense. Laviolette has been a pilot five times in the NHL. How much do we want to see him back a sixth time at the expense of new blood?

And Larry Brooks also believes that a passionate, fearless guy like Roy is probably what the Rangers are missing.

In Brief

– Hi Cole.

– It’s fitting that Kyle Dubas took the job in Pittsburgh. [TSN 690]

– Change in Philly.

– I don’t see him coming back anyway.

– A name to watch.

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