After deliberating for nearly two weeks, the Hall of Fame goaltender told the Avs late Tuesday night that he will not accept their offer, the Denver Post reported on Wednesday.
Roy cited family reasons for his decision, the newspaper reported. He will continue as coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the newspaper said.
“I felt pretty comfortable moving up, but the family situation is just not quite there for me right now,” Roy told the Post on Wednesday morning. “When it comes to family, it’s always easier to make a decision. But don’t get me wrong here, I have the Avalanche at heart. There’s two very special organizations for me — Montreal and Colorado — and it’s never easy. I would have seen it as a great challenge.
“But the door is not closed, that’s for sure.”
Roy told the newspaper that it was important that he remain close to his three children, for various reasons.
“Jon is starting a new career right now in music and I think it’s important for me to be around him,” he told the Post. “Frederick is going to Santa Monica to study and give a try as an actor, and I just want to make sure that I’m there to support them. If I were to take that [Avs] job, it would have been very demanding on my time.
“Everybody who knows me knows, if I would have taken this job, I would have worked extremely hard at it and it would have been a great challenge.”
Tony Granato remains Colorado’s coach. The Avs are still in the process of searching for a new general manager.
I’m reading “Colorado is like WAY too far away. But if the Canadiens want to offer me a job…….. But if they don’t offer me a job then you’re perfectly free to offer it to me again.”
I’m not pleased by this. At all. Ick.