Roy expresses interest in Canadiens' GM vacancy
Hockey Hall of Famer and Montreal Canadiens icon Patrick Roy is interested in the club's vacant general manager position.
"Would I be interested? Of course. But, at the same time, I am aware that it is a process and that there are several very good candidates who will be in the running. But if I get a call, I'll definitely listen," Roy told TVA Sports and Radio-Canada on Tuesday, according to The Canadian Press.
The Canadiens cleaned house on Sunday, firing GM Marc Bergevin, assistant Trevor Timmins, and vice president of public affairs and communications Paul Wilson. The team named Jeff Gorton the new vice president of hockey operations.
"Decisions were made over the weekend, and if the phone rings, it will ring," Roy said. "Otherwise, we will continue to do what we do, it's not more complicated than that."
Roy is the head coach and general manager of the QMJHL's Quebec Remparts. He hasn't worked in the NHL since stepping down as coach and vice president of the Colorado Avalanche in 2016, but he thinks he could help restore the Habs' winning ways.
"Since 1993, the team has been running in circles," Roy said, according to CBC. "What do they have to lose by giving me a chance, and seeing what I can do with this club?"
Roy backstopped the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup in 1993, his second title with the franchise and its most recent of 24 championships. Montreal traded him during the 1995-96 season in arguably the most infamous breakup in league history.
Roy then played eight seasons with the Avalanche and won two more Cups. He finished his playing career with 551 wins, four championships, three Conn Smythe Trophies, and three Vezina Trophies.