Oct 8, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy calls out from his bench in the first period against the Minnesota Wild at Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports
7. Coach Roy Makes Questionable Decisions
Pickard in the AHL? Okay. Comeau on the first line? Okay. Guenin on the second pairing? Oh well. Pulling the goalie and putting out Cody McLeod as the extra skater? What the hell is going on in your mind?!
Hockey coaches have tough decisions to make, especially when things aren’t going the way they want. Over the offseason, Avalanche coach Roy earned a good amount of criticism for a variety of decisions. Most of them were definitely acceptable, though. However, when you are losing 5-4 after leading the game 3-0 and 4-1, what makes you think that McLeod could be the magic man who will tie the game? I mean, Roy knows a lot about hockey and he must’ve had some kind of idea there, but some things just seem stupid.
After one game, it would be wrong to put Roy on the hot seat. He’s won a Jack Adams Trophy and he’s led this team to a Central Division title — he knows what he’s doing. Still, when the game started to turn around, the Avalanche — or Roy — didn’t seem to have a game plan anymore. There were zero ideas for what to do if the Wild ends up with a lead. And then the ultimate solution is Cody f-ing McLeod. Thanks, Roy.
In Roy we trust. Let’s just hope he makes the right decisions moving on.
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