Patrick Roy Looking for Return to NHL

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Hall of Fame goaltender and former Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy has hired a new sports agency in the hopes that they can facilitate a return to the National Hockey League (NHL). He was last in the league in 2016 when he left the Avalanche after three seasons because of philosophical differences with former teammate and GM Joe Sakic.

Roy is currently the coach and general manager for the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, a position he’s had since leaving the Avs in 2016 and a position he had before taking the Avs job in 2013.

According to the press release from his new management team, Roy would like to either coach or work in management and Neil Glasberg, who leads the representation, says that he expects multiple teams to enquire about Roy.

One team being talked about is Montreal, which is currently being led by interim coach Dominique Ducharme. Since he took over the Canadiens, the team has gone 12-17, and Ducharme is far from a sure thing to take over long-term after the season. 

Roy hasn’t officially been associated with Montreal since he was traded to Colorado in 1995. But the Canadiens did retire his number 33, he won two Stanley Cups there, and he currently makes his home in Quebec.

Blackhawks Forward Andrew Shaw Retires

A two-time Stanley Cup winner in Chicago and one of the postseason heroes during their dominance between 2013-2015, Andrew Shaw has retired from the NHL at the age of 29.

Doctors told him that after a string of concussions, he would be best off walking away from hockey, and in a video released by Shaw announcing his retirement, he said, “For the first time in my life, I’m going to listen.”

Shaw scored 16 goals and 35 points in 67 playoff games for the Blackhawks and had his best regular season as a member of the Canadiens in 2018-19 when he scored 47 points. He was traded back to Chicago after his time in Montreal but has suffered from concussions since then.

Shaw’s most recent concussion was on February 9th, and even though he has recovered from that injury, he was advised to stop playing hockey or risk further head injuries, and he has agreed.

In his video message, Shaw said, “Most of all, I will miss the fans. I was lucky enough to play in two of the best hockey cities and fanbases in the world in Chicago and Montreal. I gave everything I had every night for you, and you are the reason this was one of the toughest decisions in my life.”

NHL Announces New Television Contract

It’s not quite the $100 billion deal signed by the NFL, but the NHL is getting a shot on the arm thanks to a newly signed television contract. 

 Out after 15 years is NBC. Now in is Turner Sports’ TNT, which receives three of the next seven Stanley Cup Finals. The remaining four Stanley Cup Finals will be on ESPN, which is back in the hockey business for the start of next season.

The ESPN package will also include games on ESPN+ and ABC, while the Turner Sports package will include a number of games on TBS, including the Stanley Cup playoffs. ESPN gets opening night and the All-Star game while TNT will air the Winter Classic traditionally played on New Year’s Day.

The value of the deal for the NHL is $225 million annually from TNT or $1.6 billion over the seven-year life of the contract. Disney/ESPN is paying $410 million per year or $2.87 billion over seven years.

Recent NHL Milestones

A couple of noteworthy milestones were hit in the NHL over the last week.

Patrick Marleau has officially become the NHL’s all-time games played leader after he passed Gordie Howe with his 1,768th NHL game. He was the second overall pick in 1997 by the San Jose Sharks, and he’s played 21 of his 23 NHL seasons in San Jose.

And in another win for the geriatric crowd, Joe Thornton became the oldest goalscorer in the 103-year history of the Toronto Maple Leafs when he scored at 41 years and 296 days old. The future Hall of Famer is 14th on the all-time NHL points list.

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