Posts Tagged ‘Derek Roy’

Top Line: Ottawa’s next captain; latest free agent signings; more links

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Mike Babcock

The Wings’ Mike Babcock is happy with the team’s offseason so far despite losses. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• The Ottawa Senators will have to name a new captain to replace the departed Daniel Alfredsson. Don Brennan says there’s only one choice.

• The Sens have another job to fill as well and they’re hoping they can find the answer internally.

• Steve Simmons’ Sunday column kicks off with the thought that this week’s Mikhail Grabovksi-Randy Carlyle conflict sounds a lot like the 2012 krefuffle between Nazem Kadri and Ron Wilson. It doesn’t matter who you are or how good you are. Somewhere there’s a coach who is going to hate you.

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  • Published On Jul 07, 2013
  • Top Line: Sidney Crosby doing fine, dazzling debuts, more links

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    Sidney Crosby is back with the Penguins, hanging out at practice after his injury.

    Minus a few teeth, but otherwise fine after taking a puck to the jaw, Sidney Crosby hung out with his teammates. (Photo by Gene J. Puskar/AP)

    By Allan Muir

    An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Sidney Crosby is out of the hospital and on his way to recovery. He stopped by the Pens’ practice on Thursday where Coach Dan Bylsma was hoping the time on ice would help acclimate the team’s new players to Pittsburgh’s system.

    • New details emerged on the Roberto Luongo-to-the-Leafs trade talk…and they ain’t pretty…

    • Zack Kassian is back with the Canucks after being sent to the AHL for a behavior timeout. So, apparently hanging out at the bars with your buds is frowned on when you’re supposed to be rehabbing a back injury.

    • Ben Bishop was dazzling in his debut with the Lightning, stopping 45 shots for his second career shutout. That sound you hear emanating from up north is thousands of Senators fans, gently rocking themselves and repeating, “Robin Lehner is the future….Robin Lehner is the future…”

    • Jaromir Jagr gave the Bruins the net presence they needed in his Boston debut.

    • No one knows why there’s a WWE belt hanging in Marian Gaborik’s locker, but no one was asking after his stellar debut with the Blue Jackets. The 4-1 win was Columbus’ first regulation victory in Nashville in seven years.

    • New center Derek Roy displayed immediate chemistry with Chris Higgins, helping the Canucks romp over the Oilers.

    • Joffrey Lupul is 50/50 to practice today after being demolished early in Toronto’s Thursday night loss to Philly.

    • Montreal GM Marc Bergevin took some heat for a quiet trade deadline, but he’d already made his big deal when he acquired Michael Ryder. The streaky winger kept up his sizzling pace, scoring two more Thursday night to power the Habs over the Jets. That’s s nine goals in 11 games for the sniper.

    • With the season lost in Calgary, they’re starting to cheer for losses with all eyes on the draft.

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  • Published On Apr 05, 2013
  • Top Line: Trade deadline scuttlebutt, Islanders are for real, more links

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    Don't expect the New York Islanders to trade captain Mark Streit.

    With the Isles in the playoff picture, captain Mark Streit will likely stick around. (Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    A abbreviated trade deadline day guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

    • A big splash at the trade deadline is no guarantee of playoff success.

    • Could Calgary GM Jay Feaster have another deal up his sleeve before the deadline?

    • Who might be on the trade block in Edmonton?

    • The Islanders are for real! With another impressive win on Tuesday night, they now own the seventh spot in the East.

    • With that long-awaited chance at the postseason within their grasp, don’t look for the Isles to trade captain Mark Streit, even if they can’t get his contract extended before the deadline.

    • History extended an invitation to the Penguins. The Pens chose to wash their hair. Or something. Clearly they weren’t interested in competing against the Sabres hard enough to extend their 15-game winning streak.

    • The Dallas Stars are a mess right now. And that’s exactly what they need to be.

    • Does the arrival of Jaromir Jagr put the Bruins back on target for the Stanley Cup? Probably not if Patrice Bergeron’s injury is serious.

    • They’re asking the same question in Vancouver about the acquisition of Derek Roy.

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  • Published On Apr 03, 2013
  • NHL Trade Deadline: Derek Roy to Vancouver for pick/prospect

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    Derek Roy was traded by the Dallas Stars to the Vancouver Canucks

    Acquiring center Derek Roy made sense for the Stars last summer, but he didn’t pan out. (Dustin Bradford/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    Multiple sources report Derek Roy going from Dallas to Vancouver in exchange for a 2013 second-round pick and defenseman Kevin Connauton.

    Canucks skinny

    Finally, the Canucks get a legitimate, second/third line center to fill a long-gaping hole, and they did it without tampering with their current roster. Roy brings veteran experience and proven playmaking ability (18 assists in 30 games), but as I’ll explain below, his game is not without flaws. Still, he’s an upgrade over what they had, and he gives coach Alain Vigneault some flexibility in his top nine. That kind of depth will be key as the Canucks push into the playoffs.

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2013
  • Dallas Stars primed to become top salesmen at NHL trade deadline

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    Jaromir Jagr

    Trading veteran Jaromir Jagr is part of the Stars’ plan to get younger. (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

    By Allan Muir

    Midway through the second period of last night’s 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks, a message appeared on the video board teasing a look at the new jerseys the Dallas Stars will be wearing in 2013-14. The news generated a buzz through the crowd of 9,000 or so diehards who’d been beaten into silence by another error-filled performance from the Stars.

    The third period comes around, and finally, the big reveal. A curtain parts and out comes some idiot in a horse-head mask wearing the much-despised mooterus jersey from a decade ago.

    Ha ha! April Fool’s! It’s a joke! Get it?

    You know, if this had been a playoff team, or even one that was taking care of business instead of getting blown out at home for the third time in a week, maybe this bit works. Instead, the ill-conceived gag served to perfectly encapsulate the 2013 Dallas Stars: Tease something big, then spectacularly under-deliver.

    The Stars, well, new owner Tom Gagliardi, made the mistake last summer of believing a couple of 40-somethings like Jaromir Jagr and Ray Whitney would push this close-but-no-cigar squad back into the playoffs.

    It hasn’t worked. There have been bright spots in this roller coaster season–a 2-0 win in Los Angeles two weeks ago comes to mind–but there have been too many passionless efforts like the one last night. And so, with the team on the verge of making it five consecutive years without a sniff of the postseason, the Stars surely realize it is time to start the fire sale.

    MUIR: Stars trade Roy to Vancouver | Jagr to Boston

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  • Published On Apr 02, 2013
  • NHL 2013 trade rumor tracker

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    Ryane Clowe of the San Jose Sharks

    Sharks winger Ryane Clowe is a person of interest to several teams, but has a steep price tag. (Alex Gallardo/AP)

    The latest trade news and rumors. Check back for daily updates. And on deadline day itself, track all the latest updates with our live blog.

    By Allan Muir

    April 2

    Davis Drewiske: Darren Dreger of TSN reports that the Canadiens have acquired the young defender from the Kings for a 2013 fifth-round pick. Solid depth move for Montreal.

    Toronto Maple Leafs: Chris Johnston of Sportsnet says the Leafs are still in hot pursuit of Miikka Kiprusoff and also are in the market for a defender.

    Boston Bruins: An NHL source told that Peter Chiarelli is still in shopping mode. “He’s looking for a defenseman for sure, possibly another bottom-six forward.”

    Ryane Clowe: With Jaromir Jagr going to Boston, it’s thought the Bruins are out of the running for Clowe. Several sources put the Rangers as the favorites to acquire the scoreless winger from San Jose.

    Nate Schmidt: Not a trade, but multiple sources reporting the Caps have signed the offensive-minded defender that most ranked as the second-best of this season’s NCAA free agent class.

    Jaromir Jagr: Mike Heika reports a done deal. Jagr to Boston for two prospects and a pick. Details to come.

    Derek Roy: Multiple sources have the Stars dealing the veteran center to Vancouver for a second rounder and a prospect. More to come.

    Jaromir Jagr: Renaud Lavoie of RDS reports the Stars have told Jagr he will be dealt today. Frontrunners appear to be Boston and Montreal.

    Marc-Andre Bergeron: Renaud Lavoie of RDS says defender Marc-Andre Bergeron is not on the ice at morning skate and should be traded today. Bergeron is useful as a power-play specialist, but not much else. UPDATE: Bergeron has been dealt to Carolina for the previously waived Adam Hall and a seventh-round pick.

    Miikka Kiprusoff: Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun reports the Leafs have been given permission by the Flames to speak with Kipper in an effort to convince him to come to Toronto.

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  • Published On Mar 18, 2013