Patrick speaks, everyone listens

MARTIN BRODEUR -- Special to SLAM! Sports

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

I'm currently on vacation in Key West, but that doesn't stop me from keeping an eye on the NHL playoffs and the Memorial Cup Tournament.

This is how I came to hear about the controversy surrounding Patrick Roy's harsh outburst last week about Ted Nolan and his statement to the effect that Moncton Wildcats goalie Josh Tordjman was just about ready to come apart at the seams.

Roy has launched a new career behind the bench.

But his attitude hasn't changed in the least: He is still taking all of the means necessary to win.

He has had a brilliant career as a player in the National Hockey League. Here he is now, taking on a new challenge with the same verve.

Patrick is always committed 100 per cent when he starts something. Now he wants to take back the Memorial Cup.

Roy was always renowned for being outspoken. He won't change. His words only gave rise to a storm because of his celebrity status.

If any other coach had made the same kind of comments, no one would have heard about it. But when Patrick speaks, the media is all ears. This is normal, since the public is interested in his opinions.

Once I reach the end of my career, I really don't know if I could stand behind a junior team's bench; helming young players is not always easy.

Roy has his own methods, and I must say that mine are different.

I don't personally feel it necessary to set about disrupting an opposing player's concentration, especially any young guy for whom Roy is an icon.

On the other hand, I'd be surprised if Patrick were still Josh Tordjman's idol right now.

Coming down on an opposing player is simply not my type of move.

For instance, I would have never said anything negative about Cam Ward when we faced one another in the second round of the playoffs.

My philosophy is simple: I can only control what I can bring the team. I don't believe in such intimidation tactics.

But, heck. Patrick is a winner, and he will do everything in his power to achieve his ultimate goal.

As for the Stanley Cup semi-finals, I'm not surprised to have seen two goalie changes recently.

The playoffs are long and exhausting.

The netminders face more shots than before due to the more open game and many penalties.

It is only natural that they become tired and that their game becomes less consistent after a long while.

Ilja Bryzgalov left his spot to Jean-Sebastien Giguere, and the Mighty Ducks managed to save their skin in Edmonton as a result.

Cam Ward had also started to crack, and Peter Laviolette was well advised to call on the services of Martin Gerber Friday night in Buffalo.

The Sabres are in trouble as a result of the absence of three robust defencemen, Henrik Tallinder, Teppo Numminen and Dmitri Kalinin.

Sooner or later, such voids end up hurting a team.


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