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Roy denies report he was offered Avs head coaching job

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TSN.ca Staff
5/18/2009 7:01:42 PM
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Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy has denied a report in the Denver Post that stated he had been offered the head coaching job of the Colorado Avalanche.

"I never received an offer . . . but anyway, I'm not commenting," Roy told French language website SRC.ca.

The Post stated that Roy was offered the job after meeting with Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix last week and would take over the job from Tony Granato, who had not been notified of his firing by the Avs.  Granato has two years remaining on his contract which he signed prior to this past season.

A spokeswoman for the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts told The Associated Press that Roy had not received an offer from the Avs.

''I talked to him this morning and he said all those reports are speculation, he never received a formal offer,'' said Nicole Bouchard, director of media relations for the Remparts.

Roy is also general manager of the Remparts.

Along with the Avalanche job, there has been plenty of speculation that Roy would also be considered for the vacant head coaching position in Montreal with the team with whom he established his Hall of Fame credentials, the Canadiens.

"Patrick is a very deliberate guy who analyzes everything," Jacques Demers, who coached Roy and the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup in 1993, told The Denver Post. "He's not necessarily going to take the first job that might come along. He's going to want to go into a situation he thinks is on the right track and that he's going to feel comfortable with."

Since retiring from the Avalanche in 2003, Roy has held the triple role of co-owner, general manager and coach the Remparts, leading the team to the Memorial Cup in 2006.

Roy helped the Avalanche capture the Stanley Cup twice in 1996 and 2001.  He owns two more Cup rings from his time with the Habs in 1986 and 1993. 

Patrick Roy (Photo: Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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