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Finally, Patrick Roy has been contacted by NHL clubs

In recent weeks, I think we’ve all been a little excited to know that Patrick Roy’s name was being bandied around the National Hockey League.

After all, a (very) large number of fans would like to see him get another chance to shine in the NHL… in any role.

The former Remparts pilot, who says he’s ready to answer his phone if it starts ringing, had mentioned on leaving the junior club that he’d had no contact with NHL clubs regarding a coaching position.

The former Canadiens goaltender was on hand yesterday at Club de golf Le Mirage for the fourth edition of the Invitation Serge Savard, an event created to help student-athletes of the Vert et Or de l’Université de Sherbrooke.

You know how it works. Naturally, Roy was called upon to answer a few questions, including how his summer went, what’s in store for him in the future…

And inan interview with Yanick Bouchard (98.5 Sports), Roy contradicted what he had said when he announced his departure from Quebec City:

I’ve had calls. I’ve done interviews. The competition between coaches is there. It exists. And there are some very competent ones. – Patrick Roy

Has he been approached to coach a club, contrary to what he confided in mid-June?

Or has he been approached to work in a club’s offices, notably as GM?

It’s hard to say… But only Patrick Roy has the answers to these two questions.

Basically, we know that Roy hasn’t ruled out a return to the world of professional field hockey, but he maintains that, at the moment, he feels comfortable with his decision.

He’ll never say it out loud… But we all know he’d like to have that chance. The opportunity may not have presented itself yet, but…

The idea has been discussed at length in recent weeks, and Sébastien Goulet (TVA Sports) decided to remind us of it this morning duringa segment on BPM Sports.

Patrick Roy in Ottawa… On paper, it makes sense. Because, let’s not forget, he has a great relationship with Pierre Dorion AND Michael Andlauer, the team’s new owner…

And D.J. Smith could be on his way out if his club gets off to a rocky start this season.

The Canadiens-Senators rivalry would look so much different if Patrick Roy became head coach of the Ottawa club… And we can also agree that the Senators have everything to gain by bringing Patrick Roy into the organization.

In Brief

– No worse, right?

– We can’t wait.

– Yikes.

– This is probably my favorite comparison of all time.

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