Montreal offers Roy-al treatment

SCOTT MORRISON

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

Just wondering, but now that Patrick Roy and the Montreal Canadiens have resolved their 13-year separation, if it so happens the Habs one day are looking for a coach and if it so happens that Roy one day wants to pursue an NHL coaching career, might there be a fit?

Of course.

But that option didn't exist until the day the Canadiens, classy as always, called with the news they wanted to retire his No. 33 and Roy accepted, both willing to put the ugly separation in December 1995 behind them.

The forgiving and forgetting will begin in earnest tonight.

Now, everyone expects one day Roy, if he wants an NHL job, will wind up back in Colorado in some capacity. But if the day comes that Guy Carbonneau decides to leave, or is pushed out, the Canadiens could potentially be an option, as well.

Just a thought.

That is, of course, if Roy is good enough.

The NHL, however, will not be on the radar for Roy until his two sons, who play for him in Quebec, graduate from junior hockey.

More Roy

Debate amongst yourselves: Who was the greatest goaltender of all-time?

Roy, Terry Sawchuk, Jacques Plante or Martin Brodeur?

One thing is for certain: During his time and beyond, there weren't many big games in which Roy did not excel.

When a win was crucial, more often than not he won. The Canadiens don't win the Stanley Cup in 1986 or 1993, and they don't get to the final in 1989 without him.

Kind of lends credence to what Roy has been saying this week, in part explaining why he agreed to return for the ceremony, that his career in Montreal was more than one horrible night.

Banner night

So, tonight the Toronto Maple Leafs will raise a banner in honour of Wendel Clark.

Later in the season, they will do the same for Doug Gilmour.

Both were excellent Leafs, terrific captains and very worthy of the honour.

Who should be the next Leaf to be so honoured?

You could make a compelling case for another former captain, Rick Vaive, who played for the team for eight seasons and became the first Leafs player to score 50 goals in a season, doing it for three straight years (54, 51 and 52).

Overall, he scored 299 goals in those eight seasons on not great teams.

Stars gazing

Here is a telling stat that helps explain why the Dallas Stars are struggling so mightily: In 18 games, they have allowed five goals or more eight times, the most of any team in the league.

All of last season, they allowed five or more goals just eight times.

Those close to the team believe the players are still searching for an identity after several off-season roster moves. They obviously aren't as defensively sound as they once were, and they don't have the offence, either.

This and that

Through the first 17 games of the season, Detroit Red Wings D Nicklas Lidstrom hadn't taken a single penalty, which is remarkable given the officiating standards these days. It speaks to great quickness, discipline and positioning. Lidstrom did take a couple of hooking penalties, however, the other night against the Edmonton Oilers ... Combined over the last 40 regular-season games, the San Jose Sharks are 32-5-3 ... Guess not all teams suffer Stanley Cup hangovers. The Wings are no worse than last spring, and, after a sluggish start, the Pittsburgh Penguins are looking good, as well ... But what a difference a year makes in Ottawa, where, a year ago today, the Senators were a sizzling 16-2.


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