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Frei column: One question for GM candidate Patrick Roy: Would he have signed off on Makar?

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In the past week, I’ve had cause to think of Patrick Roy and the Avalanche’s track record for selecting defensemen in the NHL draft.

It came up as an offshoot of Roy tossing his hat — or mask — in the ring for the Canadiens’ GM position.

One issue tied to Roy’s suitability for the job is whether as an NHL GM he could be flexible enough to temper his preference for big, physical defensemen in a game suited more every year to skating and hybrid skills, even on the blue line.

It’s one of the first things anyone discussing the Montreal job should address with him.

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Specifically, I wonder how he would have felt and whether he would have signed off on the Avalanche selecting Cale Makar with the NHL’s fourth overall choice in 2017 and taking Bo Byram at the same spot in 2019?

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