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Roy on NHL jobs: 'My cell phone is always on'

TSN.ca Staff

4/20/2012 3:19:35 PM

Montreal Canadiens fans may have to envision a future without Patrick Roy - for now.

Speaking at an season-ending media conference for the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts, Roy stated that he has not had any contact with the Canadiens about a job with the organization.

"I have not spoken to (Canadiens owner) Geoff Molson about a position," Roy said, "but my cell phone is always on."

Roy, who is head coach, general manager and co-owner of the QMJHL franchise, has been linked to various openings within the Canadiens organization since the dismissal of general manager Pierre Gauthier last month.

"Speaking for myself at this moment," he added, "there's no reason to believe that I won't return with the Remparts. In principle, I will be back."

When pressed on whether or not he has interest in an NHL job, Roy said he'd be willing to listen. "If I receive a phone call, I'm absolutely going to listen to it," he said in English. "I'm not going to turn away a call from an NHL team. The NHL is the best thing that ever happened to me."

He added, however, that he's not actively seeking work outside the Remparts organization.

"I'm not interested in anything right now to be honest with you," he said." I have not had any calls, but if they come I will certainly listen. But am I going to make calls? No. I enjoy working in Quebec City and working with and helping young players."

After seven seasons behind the Remparts bench, Roy still wants another crack at bringing home junior hockey's top prize.

"Trying to win the Memorial Cup," he said flatly. "That's the challenge I'm looking forward to for the following year.

Any belief that the departure of Roy's son - Remparts forward Frederick Roy - from junior hockey would affect the coach's desire to stay in junior hockey was quickly dispelled. "The departure of my son Frederick (from Junior) has not changed my career plans," Roy said.

But despite trying keeping his focus on the Remparts, Roy did not appear to be bothered by the Montreal speculation for the time being. "I understand that people are passionate about hockey and I appreciate them asking for my opinion on the Montreal Canadiens," he explained, adding that he understands that asking questions about the vacancy is just a matter of the media doing its job.