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Evan’s Daily: The NHL Needs Patrick Roy Again, Drouin Fit With Avalanche



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The NHL has been without Patrick Roy since 2016, but his name is, once again, being brought up in regards to a head coach opening in the league. I hope it happens.

With the help of Montreal Hockey Now, we took a look at what’s been happening with Jonathan Drouin, what went wrong, and why he might be a good fit with the Colorado Avalanche.

All that and more in this Tuesday edition of Evan’s Daily.

Colorado Hockey Now

Yes, Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin played together in the QMJHL over a decade ago. Everyone knows this. But beyond that, is there a reason why Drouin may be a fit with the Avalanche? I think so.

William Nylander is coming off a 40 goal season, and the Toronto Maple Leafs are likely to shake things up this summer after another disappointing Spring. Are the Avalanche a potential fit for Nylander?

On Tuesday, look for a film room on the incredibly talented but frustrating Ryan Merkley (+). In addition, the Avalanche are locked in to the 27th pick in the NHL draft. Will they actually make that pick?

Around the NHL

On the same 32 Thoughts podcast that mentioned Nylander being a potential fit with the Avalanche, the idea of Patrick Roy returning to the NHL as a head coach came up again.

“Let me throw a name out at you,” Jeff Marek said about the Columbus Blue Jackets opening. “This is still a young-ish team. This is going to be handed over to a lot of young hockey players. And, to your point, if they don’t want to hire anybody that doesn’t have experience at the NHL coaching level, but you want someone that can relate to kids and has coached kids, would the name Patrick Roy resonate in Columbus?”

This isn’t the first time Roy has been mentioned for an NHL coaching gig this summer. Just over a week ago, Kevin Weeks linked him to the New York Rangers job.

“I think that guy burns for another opportunity,” Elliotte Friedman said.

Roy’s Quebec Ramparts are currently tied at one with the Halifax Mooseheads in the QMJHL finals.

Let’s be honest, Patrick Roy leaving the Avalanche might have been the best thing to happen to the organization. Jared Bednar was a massive upgrade, even if it didn’t look like it right away. But still, it was never dull when Roy was the coach. Seven years later, the league could use a coach like that. I’m personally rooting for the Rangers, because Roy in a market like that would be incredible, but as long as he’s back in the league, it’s all good.

NHL Playoffs

The cinderella story of the Seattle Kraken is all over. On Monday night, the Dallas Stars moved on to the Conference Finals, beating the Kraken 2-1 in Game Seven.

The Stars will now face-off against the Vegas Golden Knights.

You know what that means? Peter Deboer revenge matchup.

National Hockey Now

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PHN: A lot of holes in Philadelphia, so what are some things the Flyers need to do this summer?

WHN: Are the Capitals about to land another Russian at the NHL Draft?

LHN: Phil Danault is a pain to play against. On top of that, he had a career year with the Kings.

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