The Vancouver Canucks got in on the action Tuesday, acquiring centre Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars in exchange for defenceman Kevin Connauton and a second round draft pick.
This trade makes sense because the Canucks have been pursuing a centre from Dallas for a while now. Last year around this time, they were hunting for Steve Ott. Now they’ve got Roy, adding some much-needed help up the middle and bolstering their playoff chances.
Earlier this week, the Stars announced that they weren’t going to be offering Roy a contract extension. That pretty much set the stage for the trade (and another one, which we’ll discuss in a moment) and laid the foundation for the Stars to get some players moving.
Roy should fit snugly into the second line slot and the Canucks may choose to put Ryan Kesler on the wing because of this, giving them more outside speed and providing a one-two punch behind the daunted Sedin line.
However he’s used, Roy gives the Canucks options. He put his good numbers in Dallas for a second line guy, potting 22 points in 30 games so far, but he’s seen his face-off percentages drop a little bit over the last while.
The 29-year-old centre is also defensively responsible, which, once more, gives the Canucks options. He’s not going to light the lamp, but he is going to play a support role and produce assists.
Roy finds himself in the final year of a six year contract to the tune of $24 million.
Meanwhile, on the heels of the Roy trade, the Canucks sent Jordan Schroeder down to the AHL Chicago Wolves. He’d played in 31 games in the NHL this season and managed nine points, including three goals.