NHL notes: Is time right for Roy in Colorado?

Former Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy could be in the running to...

Former Colorado Avalanche and Montreal Canadiens goalie Patrick Roy could be in the running to coach one of his former teams. (QMI Agency)

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The Colorado Avalanche may be preparing another offer to bring Patrick Roy back into the fold as head coach.

The former Avs and Montreal Canadiens goaltender is a strong candidate for the job, according to the Denver Post.

Roy is co-owner, general manager and head coach of the QMJHL’s Quebec Remparts. He was offered the Avalanche job in 2009 but turned it down for the opportunity to coach his youngest son, Frederick, on the Remparts. Roy previously coached his other son, Jonathan.

“I felt pretty comfortable moving up, but the family situation is just not quite there for me right now,” Roy said in 2009. “When it comes to family, it’s always easier to make a decision. But don’t get me wrong here, I have the Avalanche at heart. There’s two very special organizations for me — Montreal and Colorado — and it’s never easy. I would have seen it as a great challenge. But the door is not closed, that’s for sure.”

With his sons out of junior hockey and a vacancy behind the Colorado bench, the time is ripe for Roy to make the jump to the NHL.

The 47-year-old Hall of Famer has a 307-138-32 record as coach of the Remparts since 2005.

MESSIER FINALISTS

Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators, Jonathan Toews of the Chicago Blackhawks and Dustin Brown of the Los Angeles kings were named the finalists for the Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award on Monday.

The award is given to “the player who exemplifies great leadership qualities to his team, on and off the ice during the regular season.”

Messier himself selects the finalists and winner after soliciting suggestions from teams, league personnel and fans.

Alfredsson is the longest-serving captain in the league – 14 seasons and counting – and has done work with the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa, the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health, and the Sens Foundation.

Toews has been a leader on the ice for the Blackhawks for several seasons and has done work with various children’s charities.

Brown’s primary charitable contributions have come from his physical play. For every check he makes, a $50 donation is made to charity, a contribution he has made for the past five seasons.

GRABBO ADMITS TO BITE

Mikhail Grabovski has come clean.

In an interview with Yahoo! Sports, the Toronto Maple Leafs centre admitted to biting Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty during a scrum in February.

“He was choking me and I bit him,” Grabovski said. “Don’t stick your hands where you shouldn’t. To be honest with you, he was choking me pretty hard to the point where I really couldn’t breathe.”

“And I couldn’t pull his hand away at all. I tried to hit him with my other hand, but I couldn’t because he was choking me. There was nothing left to do but bite him.”

Grabovski did not receive supplemental discipline at the time because the NHL couldn’t determine, after interviewing both players and reviewing the footage, whether or not he bit Pacioretty.

DUCKS LAND SWEDE

The Anaheim Ducks signed Swedish Elite League Rookie of the Year William Karlsson to an entry level deal Monday.

The 20-year-old centre recorded four goals and 24 assists in 50 games for HV71. A Ducks’ second-round draft pick in 2011, Karlsson was also a member of Sweden’s silver-medal winning squad at this year’s world junior hockey championship.

In other Ducks news, defenceman Francoise Beauchemin had surgery to a repair a torn ACL.

Beauchemin played the last month of the season and playoffs with the injury. He played all 48 regular-season games, recording six goals, 24 assists and a plus-19 rating.

WOLSKI RUSSIA-BOUND

Wojtek Wolski’s time in the NHL may be over.

The 27-year-old signed a deal with the KHL’s Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod, according to the team’s website.

Drafted 21st overall by the Avalanche in the 2004 NHL draft, Wolski was mediocre with the Washington Capitals this season, registering four goals and five assists in 27 games.

In nine seasons with the Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes, New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Capitals, Wolski scored 99 goals and added 168 assists in 451 games.

SABRE SCOTT

John Scott will patrol the ice at First Niagara Center for another season.

The Buffalo Sabres signed the 6-foot-8, 270-pounder to a one-year contract extension Monday. The deal is reportedly worth $750,000.

Scott was brought in to add size and toughness to the Sabres. The 30-year-old played 34 games this season and recorded 69 penalty minutes, including seven fighting majors.

 


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