Piecing together the right lines, convincing a losing roster it can win, firing up a despondent fanbase.
These are one thing. With 10 wins through his first 11 games as an NHL coach, Patrick Roy has been spectacularly good at that one thing.
Now comes the tough part, the other part, the part of coaching most coaches never want to experience: how to handle a legal situation that looks really, really bad on paper.
Semyon Varlamov, the NHL’s best goaltender this season, was arrested on domestic violence-related charges Wednesday. Here’s the news story from the Denver Post. We’ll learn more about the situation later today. Too soon to pass judgment.
If it’s nothing, we’ll move on. If it’s something, ugh.
If it’s something, Roy is faced with his first non-hockey test as the Avs’ coach. These kinds of tests often define a coach more than a win-loss record.
As it relates to his hockey club, Roy said Jean-Sebastien Giguere would start in goal in games against Dallas (on the road) and Montreal (at home) on Friday and Saturday.
“I’m very confident in Jiggy,” Roy said this morning on 104.3 The Fan. “Jiggy has been outstanding in every single game.”