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DALLAS (CBS SPORTS) – The Dallas Stars are unloading veteran players by the bushel. The latest to go is center Derek Roy, who has reportedly been traded to the Vancouver Canucks.
Roy has been a name on the block for a while now as it became apparent that he was not going to be staying in Dallas for long. They acquired him over the summer in exchange for Steve Ott from Buffalo but that was with only one season left on Roy’s contract. It seemed apparent from the start this was a possibility.
Then with suggestions that Roy was going to be asking for a raise and the Stars not giving it to him with a new deal, it seemed to be close to a lock Roy would move, so here we are.
From Vancouver’s perspective I love it. They aren’t scoring as much as they were and they have been thin down the center. Last trade deadline they moved Cody Hodgson to Buffalo and then this season they have been dealing with the injuries to Ryan Kesler. Now when Kesler is back and healthy, you have three proven centers in Roy, Kesler and Henrik Sedin.
Speaking beyond those number, Roy is a good possession player. He’s not big by any means but he drives play, always a nice attribute. That doesn’t show up in the box score but it matters.
The down side is that this really could be just a rental situation for Roy and Vancouver. With him looking for good money, the Canucks might not be able to fit him in next season and he could walk. It’s the risk they are willing to take for a run this year, it would seem.
Plus, it doesn’t seem like they gave up too much to make it happen. Roy’s days of scoring 81 points in 78 games definitely seem like a thing of the past, but he’s no schlub out there. The diminutive center had four goals and 18 assists for Dallas this season, much of that coming after a slow start.
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