Ed. Note: I originally screwed up as this was an Oilers / Canucks preview post. It is no longer that as the Canucks-Oilers game is on THURDAY, NOT TOMORROW. My bad. Throw stones at me. I don't care. Game preview post will go up tomorrow night.
A lousy power play? Derek Roy to the rescue!
Lack of goals for? Derek Roy!
Lack of depth at center? Derek f*cking Roy, motherf*ckers!
Sure his stats have dipped a little, but 4 goals and 22 points in 30 games with his new/old team the Dallas Stars is not bad at all. And to think that when Ryan Kesler comes back in the next several days, Roy will slot down to the 3rd line with god knows who. Whoever it is, he makes players around him better. He makes the Canucks much deeper at center and it's a god damn beautiful thing. I'm stoked. Are you? I have always been a fan of Roy.
Let's see what others around the MSM and blogosphere are saying about this beautiful turn of events.
The other part to this trade concerns Vigneault, who’s clearly been lobbying for some help with his lineup. At their best in 2010-2011, the Canucks played an uptempo, pressure game that was both entertaining and lethal in its effectiveness.
For obvious reasons, they haven’t been able to play that game this season but with Roy and Kesler they now have the personnel to step on the gas pedal.
That’s where Vigneault comes in. It’s not easy. With 13 games left in the regular season, the Canucks have to change their game again. But they don’t have a lot of choice in the matter because they aren’t going anywhere the way they are playing.
Gillis realized that. Now it’s up to Vigneault to make it work.
Derek coming back from a shoulder surgery that he rehabbed hard during the lockout, he had some injuries early on and never really found his footing, but when he did, he was a very effective player for us. I thought he played a two-way game. He was probably underrated defensively and ended up being our highest plus-minus guy to this point and almost on a point per game pace. There was a lot of good things that Derek had in his game and I think he’s a player that will help Vancouver and we were able to get a good young player in Kevin and a second-round pick for him.
-Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk at a press conference today.
DEREK ROY MISC
- Roy had a team-low 46.7% face off winning percentage in Dallas. That sucks because he took more faceoffs than any other Stars player.
- Roy had a team best +3.
- 6 of Roy's 22 points came on the power play. One of them shorthanded.
- 15 of Roy's points came on home ice.
- Roy's 22 assists led the Dallas team.
- His points per game average (.73) were 4th on the team behind Benn, Whitney and Jagr.
- Roy was averaging just under 19:00 per game in Dallas. He will receive less here.
- Roy averaged 1:40 of shorthanded minutes per game and 2:48 of power play time per game.
- Roy had 4 goals and 17 points in the 15 games the Stars won this season.
- He had no goals and 5 points in 15 games the Stars lost this season.
- 15 of his points came in 17 home games.
- 7 of his points came in 13 road games.
- Roy had 11 points in 13 games in March.
- Roy's best statistical day this season is Sundays, where he has 1 goal and 5 points in 4 games.
- Roy had 1 assist in 2 games vs Vancouver this season.
- Roy has 1 goal and 5 assists in his last 5 games.
- It appears Roy will wear #15. He wore #11 in Dallas but he can't do that here. Only Mark Messier can!
- Derek Roy on Twitter.
How the trade went down:
Good times at the Roy summer house:
Roy sinks the Leafs in OT:
Woa! Sick goal alert!
A Derek trick:
Hopefully Roy can bring back some of THIS magic:
MOAR Roy highlights:
Let's see what else Mike Gillis has up his sleeve tomorrow. Another top 6 forward? Is Luongo gone?