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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Montreal Suspends Roy After a 'Heated Exchange'

MONTREAL -- Patrick Roy, the star Montreal goalie who argued with the team's coach and president during an 11-1 rout, has been suspended indefinitely by the Canadiens and placed on the trading block.


Rejean Houle, who replaced Serge Savard as general manager of the NHL club earlier this season, said Sunday he had no choice but to act as he did.


"After what happened last night, for the credibility of our coach and our organization, we had to split between our organization and Patrick. It was a point of no return."


Houle announced the suspension at a news conference and said he will contact five or six NHL teams that might be interested in the 30-year-old goaltender who led Montreal to Stanley Cups in 1986 and 1993.


Roy had an angry exchange with coach Mario Tremblay and club president Ronald Corey when he was lifted from an 11-1 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night.


Roy, who had allowed nine goals on 26 shots, is reported to have told Corey, "It's either him [Tremblay] or me."


Roy was upset Tremblay left him in a game in which he was being shelled by the powerful Red Wings, allowing nine goals by 11:57 of the second. When the Forum crowd mocked him with cheers for a save on a long shot from Sergei Fedorov, Roy mockingly raised his arms in triumph.


Roy came off the ice, brushed past the coach and had words with Corey, who sits behind the bench at home games.


There had been no hint of trouble between Roy, a three-time Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL's best goaltender, and Tremblay, who replaced Jacques Demers as coach Oct. 21.


His relationship with the two coaches was vastly different, however. Demers called Roy "our only superstar" and allowed his No. 1 goaltender to set his own playing schedule. Tremblay insists on treating all his players as equals.


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