Surprise? Not Really.
Some situations are simply doomed to failure, not because of some wicked sorcerer or spell applied to another, in this instance a hockey coach, just a normal eventuality created by circumstances! Fans, media or other should not be surprised by the resignation (polite term to fired) of Patrick Roy, now former coach of NHL Colorado Avalanche hockey club. We may look at a few scenarios, the most important remain you have to win more games than you lose, otherwise, see ya…next in line. Patrick Roy also came in with a bang which often happens due to multiple reasons, sounds good, feels good but usually is the kiss of death, why? You have standards a bar that has to be met, Roy set his standards himself by an over performance of his team pushed by him while past heroics followed him, yes, the golden boy player who became a coach returning to sacred land where success always had his name involved for years, including Stanley cups. A recipe for failure or rupture. Coaches have to be people with strong character including personality depth, this often usually sooner than later will bring conflict, thought process infection will be the disease of cause to break-up, love affair roller coaster came to a high & conclusion, the curb indirectly becomes Roy’s office. For now!
Maybe the exploration of possible scenarios may provide other answers, has the coach another agenda where his resignation provides him with a window of opportunity to a destination somehow finding its way to his person? Interesting!
How about – go back to the remark about (polite term to fired), within the employment everyday world, when not satisfied with a staff employee results or actions, many corporations will indicate “time to go” by not providing a raise, all others will receive one but not this or that one, writing on the wall! Read on;
In the sports world it will start with contestation of methods, desired intent, overlooked situations where the coach will become a third party, where the outside invitations to join will change, he will be left out of some meetings between management individuals, his actions will be under scrutiny with a difference, negativity instead of previous positive effect/affect. Player inter-action especially with potential or star ability will become more difficult as the player more so than the coach will have someone’s ear upstairs. Remember the statement made by Montreal ownership, David Molson, where he openly mentioned he would speak with players, was aware of the dressing room and more, only difference this time it was a player, not a coach or maybe both, however, one gone in a trade which is part of the hockey world or a coach remaining in place for another undetermined length of time which only provides him with a paycheck warranty for the duration of his contract, not a position behind the bench, again a part of the hockey world!
In short whatever motivated the departure, it all started with wins then moved on to losses, personality or other remain back seat news until then.
Time will tell the tale.
Surprise? Not Really.