Mike Chambers of the Denver Post has the latest on the shocking news of Patrick Roy’s resignation. While there were inklings that a rift had formed between Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy, Chambers writes that Sakic indicates that the two former teammates are still friends, and golfing buddies. There are no “ill feelings” between the two.
Chambers quoted Sakic as saying that Roy was thinking about resigning for a few weeks, and that Roy is comfortable with the decision he made. Sakic added that Roy, “didn’t have a lot of fun last year and that Roy, “came to this decision on his own.”
The plot thickens only in that Roy’s comments, despite Sakic’s insistence that he was consulted on every move, spoke of a coach who had little say and wanted more control. Roy, as indicated in his statement, wanted more say on player-personnel decisions. Sakic, for his part, was surprised by the comment. From Chambers:
“It definitely caught me off guard,” Sakic said of Roy’s resignation phone call Thursday morning. “We had a good conversation today I was surprised, but I also thanked Patrick for his three years and letting me know now.”
Nick Cotsonika, however, tweets some confusing information on the part of Sakic, who said while they were on the same page, he was still shocked that Roy resigned.
Despite the mixed messages, Pierre LeBrun tweeted earlier that Roy still had the greatest respect for Sakic. Further, LeBrun tweeted that Roy wanted to make sure people weren’t reading too much into the statement. There were no “back stories.”
Earlier, PHR listed a number of options for the next head coach.