Russian Roulette with Roy

I’ve seen the future, baby:

it is murder

Leonard Cohen

These are the vowels and syllables the next General Manager and coach of the Montreal Canadiens will have to deal with when they take the wheel of the storied club’s agenda.

Never mind the real context of these words …

There are so many possibilities and names being bandied about ; a longing for the simpler daze of Jacques Martin somehow seems appealing. Serge Savard is heading a consortium of himself and Molson to discover the ideal man to lead the Habs . The qualifications of the chosen man , ideally , would have an instinct which would bring the proper coach to Montreal as well . Given Serge Savard ‘s place in the mix , an edge to Patrick Roy as coach is the bet that a betting man would place.

There is no – one with the exception of Roy’s teammates , that are aware of Patrick’s will to win better than Savard. Aside from that ;

  • Serge Savard built a winner as G. M in this city and  has the vision to build another. There are two Russians available in the upcoming draft – one of which ( Mikhail Grigorenko ) , is currently playing for Roy’s Remparts in the QMJHL. Roy knows his player more than anyone and this will give the Habs’ brass an inside take on the Russian’s ability and give insight to Grigorenko ‘s weaknesses. If Roy says no – a Doug Wickenheiser may be avoided in lieu of a Denis Savard ( Nail Yakupov).
  • Patrick Roy also coached Alexander Radulov beginning in 2004. Radulov is currently playing in Nashville and has made no secret that he wants out of the land of country music. Under Roy’s tutelage – Radulov was named the most valuable player in the 2006 Memorial Cup, a season in which he had 207 points in 85 QMJHL games, including playoffs. Radulov will be available this summer – before the draft in which the Habs are guaranteed a top five pick. Patrick Roy could easily entice Radulov to Montreal. Roy could entice him if  Roy was working for the Canadiens.


This is where Serge Savard steps in …
M. Savard’s experience as a G.M and successful business man , will allow him the savvy to swing some deals before the draft. If the Habs are relegated to the number four pick – an experienced Savard could somehow fan dangle a move. A trade  which may send Gomez and Kaberle to better places for Canadiens’ fans and in turn – send a Russian draft pick to Montreal. Add Radulov from Nashville – a team that appears to enjoy dealing with the Habs    –  a one – two punch of Russians could be the compliment to a Desharnais – Cole – Pacioretty line.


Suddenly , Montreal will legitimately have six top six forwards to throw at the opposition. The Habs’ scoring would jump a goal a game and given the number of games the team lost by one goal this season – that one goal a game would inevitably send them to the playoffs . Add a healthy Markov and Gionta , a better – coached team , stability and communication from above to a solid defence corps already in place – the Stanley Cup appears closer.
Carey Price would be happier and presumably a fire would be lit in his belly from Roy. Tough guys Staubitz and White have already made opponents realize that this is not Jacques Martin’s father’s team . Travis Moen is no slouch with a stick and his fists and Rene Bourque is the same as Moen with more talent in the stick.
Jared Tinordi , with his  6’7″ mean streak , has a good shot of making the defence corps next season and Emelin will only get stronger at knocking players on their rear ends in his sophomore season .

Roy with Grigorenko - Explosive combination ?

There’ll be phantomsThere’ll be fires on the road

and the white man dancing

Leonard Cohen

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  1. Chris Bellman

     /  April 2, 2012

    Radulov-Roy angle very interesting. Poile is gonna need to shed salary after this season trying to sign Weber and Suter.

    Wonder if the nasty rigors of an NHL playoff run for the Preds might have Radulov scurrying back to the KHL though?

    Canadiens fans should pray they can move up in the draft lottery with a stunning win, or just stay at #3. Tanking the rest of the way would serve them very well. It is going to be a fascinating draft in late June. Who will Columbus and Edmonton take assuming they hold the #1 and #2 spots? And then likely the Canadiens?

    Speaking of Nashville, very happy to see old hand Francis Bouillon enjoying a lot of success on their blue line. The Brothers Kostitsyn seem to have fit in nicely under Trotz, and Hal Gill is just Hal Gill. The U.S.S. Hal Gill having fun in Nashville apparently.


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