The Colorado Avalanche finished 15th in the Western Conference and 29th in the League standings in 2012-13, and have missed the Stanley Cup Playoffs four of the past five seasons.
That led to a shake-up in the front office and coaching staff, with a pair of Hall of Famers from the franchise's glory days brought in with the hope of rebuilding the on-ice product.
Joe Sakic was hired May 10 as executive vice president of hockey operations, giving him full control of all hockey-related decisions. His first hire was former teammate Patrick Roy, who on Thursday agreed in principle to join the team as coach and vice president of hockey operations.
Sakic and Roy will be in charge of all player personnel decisions, and Roy will be the man in charge at ice level. The former goaltender has spent the past eight years coaching the junior hockey team he co-owns, the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and this will be his first job with an NHL team since he retired as a player in 2003.