Apr 16, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Vancouver Canucks center Derek Roy (15) hits the goal post on a shootout attempt against St. Louis Blues goalie Brian Elliott (1) at the Scottrade Center. The Blues defeated the Canucks 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Free Agency: St. Louis Blues Sign Derek Roy to One-Year Deal

The St. Louis Blues were in the market for a playmaking center, and they may have just gotten the piece they were looking for.

Blues’ GM Doug Armstrong made strong offers on Vincent Lecavalier, Stephen Weiss, and Valtteri Filppula, but lost out on all three.

According to various reports, the Blues did not lose out on these top playmaking centers due to a lack of effort.  The Blues were said to have made competitive offers but were not listed as destinations the players would have liked to played.

Ouch.  That is kind of harsh considering some of the biggest names in hockey have played in St. Louis, but given the chance to play alongside a guy like Steven Stamkos or Pavel Datsyuk surely came into play more than the team or city itself.

Finally, on Saturday, the St. Louis Blues announced that they had agreed in principle on a one-year, $4 million contract with Derek Roy.  The contract is pending Roy passing a physical, but there seems to be no concern that he will be able to pass the physical.

Roy, a 30 year-old native of Ottawa, will begin his 10th NHL season with the Blues in 2013-14 with one of Armstrong’s notorious “prove-it” deals.

In 2013 Roy posted just 28 points in 42 games in 2013.  His career high came during the 2007-08 season when Roy posted 32 goals and 49 assists for 81 points in just 79 games.

Long removed from his best season, Derek Roy has managed some 455 points in 591 games.  For those who don’t consider math their strong suit, that is about 0.77 points-per-game.

That type of point production could surely help the Blues who seemed to have quite a bit of trouble finding the net in the postseason.  Roy has also added 26 points in his 45 playoff appearances, which could help the note turn their playoff game around.

In an interview with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Roy said,

Coming to a young, skillful team like this, with a ton of grit, was right in my wheelhouse.  I want to win a Stanley Cup, and I thought this team was on the verge of becoming a great contending team.

The major issue for the Blues may be that Derek Roy, who is 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, seems to be quite injury-prone in recent years. As NHL.com noted,

He was off to a point-per-game start before missing the final 46 games of the 2010-11 season and six playoff games after having surgery to repair a tendon in his left quadriceps. He also had shoulder surgery in July 2012.

Doug Armstrong believes that Roy is the type of player that can help the Blues get over the hump.

Roy is a playmaking centerman and he’s just 30 years old.  I think it’s a great opportunity for Derek to re-establish himself.

So while Roy may seem like a great pickup for the Blues, only time will tell if he will be able to stay healthy long enough to truly help the team.

More as we have it.


-Alex Hodschayan

Tags: Derek Roy Free Agency St. Louis Blues Stephen Weiss Valtteri Filppula Vincent Lecavalier

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