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Sabres' coaching search has not included Patrick Roy, his junior team says

By John Vogl

The Sabres are still without a permanent coach, but it appears Patrick Roy is not in the sights of General Manager Darcy Regier at the moment.

Roy, the Hall of Fame goaltender who is coach, GM and co-owner of the Quebec Remparts, is a much-discussed choice to become a coach in the NHL. But apparently that discussion is only among fans and media.

"As of now nobody contacted him," Nicole Bouchard, the Remparts' director of team services and media relations, told The News this morning via email.

The Sabres have been without a permanent coach since Ron Rolston replaced Lindy Ruff on an interim basis Feb. 20. Rolston went 15-11-5.

Regier said Friday that a coaching decision would be made "fairly soon." Rolston, who was the coach in Rochester, said recently the organization had until June to decide his fate.

Roy coached the Remparts to a 41-22-5 record this season. The Sabres' top prospect, Mikhail Grigorenko, was the team's leading scorer in the playoffs. The Remparts have made the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League postseason every year since Roy stepped behind the bench in 2005-06.

Roy's son, Frederick, plays for the Amerks.


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