Dallas Stars Acquire Derek Roy

In perhaps Joe Nieuwendyk's biggest move since becoming general manager, the Dallas Stars have acquired center Derek Roy from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for super-pest Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy.

Roy, 29, is most known for his scoring ability and quickness. He has fallen off the path in the past few seasons by posting career lows in goals and points, but he possesses the tools necessary to post 60-70 points; this is evidenced by his numbers from 2006-10.

Roy has one more year left on his deal at $4 million before becoming an unrestricted free agent next summer.

After signing Aaron Rome to a deal yesterday, Pardy became an expendable asset. Ott's name had been on the trading block since the trade deadline, and he has finally been jettisoned in favor of quick scoring ability. Pardy signed as a free agent with the Stars last season, and Ott has been a Stars lifer since the 2002-03 season.

The diminutive centerman will likely end up being the new second line center, a replacement for Mike Ribeiro, who was traded to Washington on June 22.

"Derek Roy is a legitimate top two line center," Nieuwendyk said in the official press release. "He is a proven commodity that helps fill a void at a position of need for our club."

A few questions arise with this move, however. Stars fans: do you give Derek Roy #9? We all know who had it before. And will this change of scenery help Roy moving forward? If Ray Whitney can continue his spectacular, age-defying play on Roy's wing, that might solve the problem.

Additionally, the Dallas Stars signed Toby Petersen and Antoine Roussel to two-year, two-way contracts earlier this afternoon.


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George Prax's picture

The Sabres got hosed here. The only reason they felt they needed Ott was because the Habs got tougher. But sure, let's trade our #1 center for Steve Ott because the Habs got a fighter and the Leafs and Bruins are tough. Smart move, guys.