The St. Louis Blues lost an undersized scoring forward to retirement and effectively replaced them wen they added a centre whose production has slipped in the last couple seasons.
Numbers Game looks into the Blues' acquisition of Derek Roy.
The Blues Get: C Derek Roy.
Roy, 30, was in the midst of a point-per-game season in 2010-2011, with 35 points in 35 games, before tearing a quadriceps tendon to end his season. Since returning to action, Roy has 72 points in 122 games with three teams, which is okay, but a decided step down for a player who, from 2007-2008 through 2010-2011, ranked 32nd in the league with 255 points (more than Thomas Vanek, Marian Hossa and Patrik Elias, among others).
While his point production has suffered the last couple seasons, Roy has put up solid possession numbers while playing more challenging minutes in terms of opposition and zone starts.
Even though his offensive production has dipped, Roy will effectively be a replacement for Andy McDonald, the small, productive winger who retired at the end of the 2013 season. If Roy plays with scoring wingers like Chris Stewart or Vladimir Tarasenko, there is a decent opportunity for Roy to put up better offensive numbers. The Blues haven't been the most creative offensive team in recent years so Roy does have some of that
Vancouver still seemed like a decent fit for Roy, roster-wise, but the Canucks' salary cap situation made it awfully difficult to bring him back. Now, Vancouver needs to find a number three centre or they have to hope that some combination of Brad Richardson and prospects Jordan Schroeder, Brendan Gaunce and Bo Horvat can handle the third and fourth centre roles.
Signed for one year, at $4-million, Roy is a bargain pickup for what he offers. At the very least, he should produce a decent amount for a second-line centre and to get that production on the free agent market without having to give any term is a nice low-risk move by the Blues.
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