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Roy appreciative of chance to interview with Habs

by Arpon Basu

Patrick Roy said he had a three-hour meeting with Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin in Miami and a phone conversation with assistant general manager Rick Dudley to discuss the possibility of becoming his former team's new coach, but that it never progressed any further than that.

Roy, speaking to reporters Wednesday in Quebec City, also denied the widespread rumors that he had demanded Bergevin allow him some say on player personnel as a prerequisite for him taking the coaching job.

"None," Roy said when asked what demands he made. "People were saying I wanted a veto on the draft. I don't know the players, and I'm not going to start traveling all over Western Canada and Ontario to watch these players. Even at the junior level, 90 percent of the decisions are made by our scouts. … So I can safely say that if I was coach of the Montreal Canadiens I wouldn't start meddling in the NHL Draft. It's the same process when it comes to trades."

Roy was speaking one day after Michel Therrien was named coach of the Canadiens after a month-long search.


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"I was very happy to be a part of the process, and I was very touched by the polls showing the fans wanted me to be the coach or even the general manager of the Canadiens," said Roy, who is part-owner, general manager and coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. "It got to me, and it's what encouraged me to take part in the process."

Roy said, however, that he told Bergevin he should not feel obligated to give him an interview just because the public was so behind the idea of having the former goaltender behind the bench.

"He told me he wanted to hear what I had to say," Roy said. "So I left it at that."

Roy said the one misconception about him that he wanted to make clear to Bergevin during his interview was the idea that he alone has made the Remparts so successful and one of the flagship franchises in the QMJHL.

"The one thing that bothers me and that I wanted to make clear to Marc is, I want people to stop thinking that I am a one-man show. I'm not a one-man show," Roy said. "With the Remparts, we work as a team."

Roy was asked if he was disappointed not to have gotten the job with the Canadiens, the team with which he spent the first 10 years of his Hall of Fame goaltending career.

"If I took part in the process, it's because there was some interest on my part," he said. "Now that the decision's been made, I respect it and I wish the best of luck to Michel Therrien."

With coaching jobs in Edmonton and Washington still open, Roy said he has not been contacted by any other NHL team at this point, though he has had discussions with other teams in the past. He did meet with the Colorado Avalanche before Joe Sacco got that coaching job in 2009.

Roy said he had absolutely no bitterness for being passed over in the Canadiens' coaching search and that no one should feel sorry for him.

"I will say what I've repeated many times before," he said, "I love what I do here and it offers me a quality of life that makes me very happy."

However, Roy did hint that he would one day like to lead an NHL team to the trophy he won four times as a player -- the Stanley Cup.

"I'm pretty flattered to have had this opportunity," Roy said. "I spent 18 years in the National Hockey League and had an extraordinary career. But I never imagined I would have a chance to attract the attention of a National Hockey League team when I began coaching in bantam double-A. But the more I've gone along, the more I've told myself maybe I have a future in this world."

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