St. Louis Blues add Derek Roy
The St. Louis Blues were looking for a player to help boost their offensive struggles. Derek Roy was looking for a new home.
On Saturday, the two agreed to a deal, with Roy signing on with the Blues for one-year and $4 million.
“I have confidence in myself, confidence in my abilities. I was really mad about my season last year. So a one-year deal and play on a good team … I’ll bounce right back,” Roy told the St. Louis Dispatch.
Proud to part of the St Louis Blues organization Excited to get started #longlivethenote
— Derek Roy (@Roy9ner) July 6, 2013
The Blues become Roy’s third team since the start of the 2012-13 season. Last off-season, he was traded from the Buffalo Sabres, where he had spent the first eight years of his career, to the Dallas Stars. After putting up 22 points in 30 games with Dallas, he was shipped to Vancouver at the NHL Trade Deadline. The Canucks were swept in the opening round of the playoffs and Roy was allowed to walk.
St. Louis is hoping the center can regain his playmaking talents that led to four straight seasons in which he tallied at least 21 goals and 63 points with Buffalo.
With the retirement of Andy McDonald already this off-season, the Blues needed a top-two center. Roy has the talents to give them that piece.
In 591 career games, Roy has 168 goals and 455 points.