Finally the Vancouver Canucks have looked at the way they’ve been playing and realized it is entirely the wrong approach.
With their trade with the Dallas Stars, which brings them Derek Roy for their third-line centre role, it turns the team back into an offensive handful for any team playing them and, with their back end and goaltending, it almost certainly vaults them into competition to come out of the Western Conference this year.
Roy has speed and offensive ability and, considering that last year they went with Sammy Pahlsson in this position, this marks a real change in approach. Roy gives them a second centre for the second power-play unit and, if they change their style as this move indicates, it will mean they will be entirely likely to draw more penalties than they have been.
Roy, along with the return of Ryan Kesler, should take a lot of pressure off the Sedin line and, given the fact this team will have the likes of Zack Kassian, Steve Pinizzotto and Dale Weise to add to the front line mix — which means size and toughness may not be problems as they were in 2010-11, when the Bruins manhandled them in the Stanley Cup final — it makes them a threat in the West.
The best part of the deal appears to be the fact the Canucks did not surrender a great deal, and it puts the boots to the theory that the tension between these two clubs’ owners — stemming from their extended court case over the ownership of the Canucks some years back — was standing in the way of these two teams dealing. Any move which will improve your team will be made, no matter what you might think of the owner of the team you’re dealing with.
Roy, 29, is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so this may in fact be a pure rental, given Roy is looking for significant money at the end of the season. Perhaps he might be convinced to play for less as other players in this city have, but he’s likely to look for more than $5 million. Given the salary cap is in all probability dipping to $64 million next year, signing him would be a difficult move for Vancouver.
Roy is coming off a shoulder injury suffered last year, which required surgery in the off-season, which explains why Dallas has been disappointed in him this season. But then Vancouver has been disappointed in the performance of Kevin Connauton this year, as the 23-year-old has been running a big minus much of the year with the Chicago Wolves. While his offensive production hasn’t been bad on paper, his overall development hasn’t been as good as the team had hoped. It also shows the faith Vancouver has in both Frank Corrado and Peter Andersson.
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