NHL Rumors: Canadian Team Interested In Hiring Patrick Roy

Rumors are swirling about the future of the Ottawa Senators' coaching staff, particularly regarding head coach D.J. Smith.

With the team's prolonged playoff drought and impending ownership change, speculation has arisen that Patrick Roy could be a potential candidate for the coaching role.

Reports indicate that one of the prospective ownership groups, potentially led by Michael Andlauer, holds a strong interest in bringing Roy on board.

Roy, currently coaching the Quebec Remparts, has a storied history in the NHL, both as a player and a head coach. His successful tenure with the Montreal Canadiens, where he won two Stanley Cups as a goaltender, has caught the attention of the Andlauer group, not to mention his recent Memorial Cup win with the Remparts.

Despite a somewhat turbulent coaching career with the Colorado Avalanche, which ended abruptly in 2016 due to differences with management, Roy's track record and experience make him an intriguing prospect for the Senators.

While questions remain about the compatibility of Roy's coaching style and his desire for significant input in team decisions, the potential change in ownership could shift the balance of power within the organization.

The allure of Roy's success and his ability to transform teams cannot be denied, making him an attractive option for the Senators as they seek to revitalize their franchise and end their playoff drought.

Fans and analysts eagerly await further developments to see if the talks between Roy and the Senators' ownership group materialize into a coaching appointment. Photo Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports