Patrick Roy behind the bench for the Avalanche
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Patrick Roy makes his return to the NHL as head coach

Published January 20, 2024 at 1:57 PM
Moments ago, the New York Islanders made a shocking move to fire their head coach Lane Lambert, and have replaced him with NHL legend Patrick Roy.

Roy has been considered for numerous head coaching jobs in the last five years, but hasn't been behind an NHL bench since his short stint with the Colorado Avalanche from 2013-2016. In his final season with the Avalanche, Roy had an incredibly disappointing record of 39-39-4. In his time in Colorado, Roy gained a reputation for one of the most hot headed coaches in the league, once trying to fight Bruce Boudreau while on the bench.

It's a shocking move to relieve Lane Lambert so quickly in his tenure with the Islanders, and shows that the team and GM Lou Lamoriello are serious about shaking up the team this year for a playoff push. Now, we'll just have to see how Roy can dust off his coaching skills and lead the Islanders through the rest of this year. At the moment, it's unknown how long Roy's contract is with the Islanders.
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Patrick Roy makes his return to the NHL as head coach

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