Final St. Patrick's Day Parade?

As the rumors swirl, and the tension (at least here in Colorado), mounts, let’s examine both sides of the Patrick Roy retirement issue.

On the one hand, retirement at the end of this season makes no sense. His regular season, while sub-par by Roy standards, was certainly more than serviceable (and, on a few extended runs, incredible). Yes, his skills have diminished, but only to the point where he looks human more often.

The Minnesota series cannot be dropped squarely in his lap, any more than the Detroit debacle can be dropped in Cujo’s. Both of them ran into a goalie that was hotter at the time, and a team that was hungrier than theirs.

And, with the CBA not set to expire until after next season, that would seem the perfect time to make a graceful exit.

On the other hand – This year’s playoffs did nothing to erase the bitter aftertaste of that 7-0 Game Seven lambasting last year. The fact that the Wings were dispatched quickly this year provides little comfort.

An extra 8.5 million sure would be nice to use as incentive to entice a real power forward to come here, as we haven’t had one since Adam Deadmarsh left (and, considering how injury prone he turned out to be, and how good Rhino is becoming, that may not have been a bad thing).

It wouldn’t suck to see some Finnish Flash in an Avs sweater, either (on Joe’s line, o’course).

The intangibles – How much did Roy alienate his teammates with his veiled, but very public, allusions to “other people not performing to their potential” this year?

And – his house is up for sale (has been for about a month now).

But – He is the greatest goaltender ever to play the game (go ahead, debate me), and he is a massive drawing card at the Pepsi Center.

So – to paraphrase the late lamented Clash – “Should he stay or should he go?”

As always, points for creativity. And, even if you don’t care what he does, look on the bright side – it’s another chance to rip me!

29 Responses to Final St. Patrick's Day Parade?

  1. Cyrax89 says:

    I think its time for him to go. Hes done all that he can, and Im tired of listening to him talk. If he does go then who could replace him? Maybe Sean Burke or even Potvin. But if they want to trade for a goalie like Burke then they might have to give up alot like maybe Tanguay. Its either between that or not having a real solid goalie for awhile.

  2. Sundinfan says:

    allright! you posted an article about roy! like i requested! i feel privelidged….i never know how to spell that stupid word

  3. defenestrate says:

    We are here to please……

  4. mikster says:

    I don’t see the point for him to leave. He’s got one more shot and at least finish the season in a satisfying way! 1st round exit to the Wild leaves a bad after taste.

    As for the Avs, they should not hope that he will retire. Can anyone think of a good available goaltender to replace Roy and who can at the very least be as good as Roy?

    Sean Burke? Yeah, and how much do you have to trade for him? Last time i checked, the Yotes wanted Blues’ 1st rounder and Jackman was it? HA!

    No way. Keep Roy. There isn’t a goalie who will perform better than Roy enxt season for the Avs.

    Potvin? If he could be that good, he should have a long-term deal with the Kings as their permanent starter. Dafoe? After this season, this guy should be Nurminen’s back up, which means he would be Aebishcer’s back up.

  5. Flyers_01 says:

    I thought Roy should’ve retired last year or even the year before. Star athletes usually need to be kicked out with a very big boot because they hardly ever know when to leave. Roy is still very good when he wants to be but he’ll never win a cup again. He could’ve left on top but I do not think the Avs will advance far in the playoffs with him again.

    This also brings to mind Yzerman. What kind of idiot risks his health when he could’ve left on top, winning the Stanley cup and being the feel good story of the year. Instead, against doctors recommendation, missing a significant part of the year, even after coming back, he feels the need for everyone to tell him how wonderful it is that he’s gutting it out for his team. Well after 3 stanley cups and a long and bright career in the NHL I think he’s a freaking moron for continuing to play hockey with his health risks.

  6. Cyrax89 says:

    Maybe Yzerman wanted to play for the love of the game and not because he wanted to win again. And I dont think Yzerman is an idiot.

  7. -Swizz- says:

    i dont think patrick is the kinda guy that cares to leave in a satisfying way…..he’s done enough, he has nothing to prove..

  8. OldNord says:

    He wants being the GM of the Qu├ębec Remparts maybe next or in two years.

    Quebec calling, He’s so bored with the U.S.A.

  9. WeStSiDe says:

    Well, if Roy does retire, Colorado isnt in a good position, they either have to sign one, who wont measure up to Roy, so their strong defence will have to be just that, and if they trade for one, your going to have to give up some series talent. It has to happen sooner or later.

  10. DaMick says:

    The real question is…Is Aebischer gonna be the answer?

    He might be….i say get a stopgap Goalie [potvin] & give the kid a shot.


  11. MantaRay says:

    Ah the Spirit of Strummer in OldNord.

    Love to see it.

  12. MantaRay says:

    Av’s management will probably coax him to play one more year and allow them to find a replacement (if possible—Do they attempt to reacquire Denis?).

    The NHL and the Av’s SHOULD promote the fact that its his last year, he is a hall of famer which should spike attendance a little in visiting arena’s.

  13. canucklehead says:

    It doesn’t matter because the Canucks will win the division, let’s see how well the Av’s fair when they have to play detroit or Dallas in the first round. Aebischer will be the starter by then cause Roy Boy is starting to look a lot like Belfour, losing it!

    I posted this in October, we almost won the division & Roy Boy was/is looking old.

    Don’t let the door hit your sorry ass on the way out, loser.

  14. BlueNBurgundy says:

    This is a tough one.. Patrick Roy is the best goaltender ever to play the D state above. I love the guy, he’s got personality and flare that is rare these days in any sport. The question is..would it help the Colorado Avalanche for him to stick around for another year.

    I really think it could go both ways. On one hand, he is one of the top goalies in the game, even though he is well beyond his prime. He may not be the St.Patrick he was a few years ago, but he is still a very solid starting goaltender. There are very few goalies in the league that could replace him, and none of them are available. Anyone Colorado could acquire would be a step down in net, and a costly one at that. David Aebischer and Phillipe Sauve still need work, so I would think a temporary replacement would be pulled in. The only names I have heard being thrown around are Burke, Dafoe and Potvin. Burke would be way too expensive. Dafoe is lucky to be starting in Atlanta these days, not too mention the fact that he is a whiner and would not fit in with that group. Potvin might be a solution, but again might be too costly.

    So that would be the argument for him to stay.

    However, he is costing Colorado 8.5 million dollars if he sticks around. Thats a good chunk of their salary. A good chunk that could be used to pull in some much needed offense from a very deep free agent pool this year. Also, as long as he stays, Colorado will depend on him, and that is a problem. Colorado’s defense will never step up to it’s full potential until they absolutely have to. I wonder how they would pull together if Aebischer was the starter. All I know is that the Av’s have developed a dependancy on Roy’s superb goaltending. It has severly hurt their defensive awareness, and it puts way too much pressure on him. He may be the best, but he can’t be the best every night any more, the Avs need to start looking at that.

    So all in all, the Avs could sure use him next year if they want to take another shot at the cup. However I think it’s time for teams like Colorado to stop playing year-to-year and develop a plan for the future. I mean look at Minnesota..they don’t have a Peter Forsberg or a Patrick Roy or a Rob Blake..but they beat the Avs, because they have a gameplan, and they stick to it. I hope Tony Granato brought his notebook to game 7, he’s got a lot to learn.

  15. jesussdanner says:

    show some fucking respect for the man. he has done a hell of alot more than your whole canucks franchise. dam mothercanuckers.

  16. aaron says:

    Did it ever occur to you that maybe they ENJOY playing hockey? That they don’t want to quit b/c ice runs through their veins in place of blood, and that hockey is engraved in their DNA? It amazes me that star athletes EVER retire, before getting kicked out the door. Hockey for a living…it does not get better than that. Yzerman…yeah, he wants to win, and he cares about his health, but beyond all that, beyond everything else, he plays b/c he loves hockey, and he loves the sport of hockey. He doesn’t care about going out on top one iota. He’s going to go out when the NHL is no longer fun, or someone boots him out the door, and no sooner.

    Understand, victory in many ways is secondary. The game…that is the true reward for any hockey player.

  17. Primis says:

    I still would be very surprised if he did not come back for one more year. Mainly because if he goes the Avs are suddenly in a very rough position in regards to goal. I don’t think Aebischer is ready, nor do I see the Avs going out and getting a goalie elsewhere really, UFA or trade.

    This is one of the biggest gripes I have about Colorado’s position, that they in my opinion traded away all their tradeable goods too soon. Now I don’t know what they could give up to get a goalie if they needed to…

    I would think (hope even) that Roy would have enough sense to realize he can do some good for just one more year in Colorado.

  18. OldNord says:

    Like you said the spirit of Strummer is in me.

    The Clash are here to stay in our memories.

    But here we’ve got “police on our back” (DG)

    The shariff don’t like it…

  19. defenestrate says:

    I fought the law – and the law won (or at least I let them think they did)…

  20. defenestrate says:

    You never fail to live up to my expectations of you – since your idiotic postings were the reason I started writing on here in the first place (everyone who hates me can thank you – haha!).

    So – the greatest goalie in the history of the game is a “loser?”. And Dan Cloutier is headed for the Hall of Fame?

    I refuse to engage in a battle of wits with an obviously unarmed person.

    Go to the optometrist, because your homerism is blinding you.

    Congatulations – you just became an FSTA member..


  21. MantaRay says:

    You have the right to free speech….as long as you not dumb enough to actually try it.

  22. defenestrate says:

    Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not really out to get you.

    The revolution will not be televised.


  23. TC_4 says:

    What I’m about to say sounds like a reporter, but I’m actually serious. I have a source that was VERY close to the team during playoff time, and he told me Friday night that it was almost certain St.Patrick would retire. All I can say is GOOD RIDIANCE!!! This jackass has probably cracked the top 5 for most hated players in the game. Don’t give me this shit about “it’s because he’s so good”. That’s ridiculous!!! Gretzky wasn’t hated, he was loved. Go beat your wife and kids Patricia! Your anything but a class act.

  24. defenestrate says:

    Have you crossed over to the FSTA?

  25. canucklehead says:

    Just can’t stand the fact that my predictions from October were very realistic. When did I say Cloutier was going to the Hall? Are you hearing voices or something. I predicted his iminent retirement in October. Is your head stuck up your ass or are YOU too much of a homer to give credit where it is due? Oh, and by the way Terry Sawchuck is and will always be The Greatest goalie of all time.

    Wake up from you drug induced dream & enjoy the Av’s when they are fighting with Columbus for Last in the league.

  26. canucklehead says:

    And he pulled out of the olympics because he knew he would never pass the drug testing.

  27. defenestrate says:

    And your goalie has accomplished what? Oh, that’s right – nothing….

    Speaking of drug testing, you studied for yours and still failed, right?


  28. defenestrate says:

    I heard you were the one getting that operation – you know, the plexiglass stomach so you can see with your head stuck up your a#@. At least when I post I can come up with something besides “lick my a#$ – whining avs”, which you did enough times to induce me to start writing on here.

    So far, you haven’t won jack squat. Colorado has two Cups. Enjoy your little bragging rights now – you have made me a Duck fan for the time being.

    btw – I-M-M-I-N-E-N-T. Watch the punctuation and capitalization as well. And don’t garble your syntax or mix your metaphors.


  29. TC_4 says:

    No, nothing like that. The Avs would PROBABLY be my fav American team if they had a goaltender I liked, and a coach I liked too.

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