Michael Andlauer didn’t expect to make so many changes since his arrival.
He admits to regretting that Patrick Roy is now with the Islanders. He contacted him, but the timing wasn’t right.
– Yanick St-Denis (@StDenis1047) January 24, 2024
Right now, in Ottawa, we have an owner who has just arrived and inherited the problems of the previous administration. He’s brought in his right-hand man (Steve Staios) as president, putting the GM and coach in the hot seat.
Finally, Pierre Dorion was fired and replaced by Staios on an interim basis… and for good. The club chose not to go with the Habs format (one GM and one VP/President), as planned.
But because the club didn’t know who its DG was, a full-time coach couldn’t be signed. That’s why Jacques Martin was brought in to help out more than anything else.
All this to say that the Senators didn’t put themselves in a position to hire a full-time coach. Their plan was to wait until this summer to evaluate their candidates… including Patrick Roy.
Because yes, as Michael Andlauer told Gatineau’s 104.7 FM, he was planning to make these changes this summer. He just didn’t think it would happen so quickly…
And understandably, he didn’t expect Patrick Roy to land in New York. Who wasn’t?
The two men communicated together, but the timing wasn’t right. So he waited… only to have it stolen from him by Lou Lamoriello.
Absolutely, I like him a lot. In his DNA, he’s a real champion.
That’s one thing our Senators don’t understand today: how to win. They’re going to learn. – Michael Andlauer
I wonder how Jacques Martin sees it all. Because let’s face it: the owner has just cut off all the credibility of his coach, who already has a huge order.
À VOIR | “I’m seeing progress much faster than expected” – Patrick Roy https://t.co/iZEkbws0T3
– TVA Sports (@TVASports) January 24, 2024
Let’s not forget that the other big issue right now is the arena. Will the club be able to secure a deal to move to LeBreton Flats? Who knows?
And if it doesn’t work out? Would
Quebec Markham be a solution for the local businessman?
– During his interview, Andlauer also had kind words for Benoît Groulx, who is a crowd favorite following his years as coach of the Olympiques.