The Nashville Predators added a second center today by signing Derek Roy to a one-year deal.
Nashville was thin up the middle after the loss of Mike Fisher to an Achilles rupture, and General Manager David Poile increased depth at the position by signing Mike Ribeiro and Roy on the same day. Derek Roy, a 31-year-old forward, will give head coach Peter Laviolette another option for his second or third lines.
The bench boss can now choose between Olli Jokinen, Calle Jarnkrok, Matt Cullen and Roy to fill either of those two ceterman slots (and that’s assuming Ribeiro takes first line duties). At one year and $1 million, the GM has added offense to his club on another low-risk deal.
“Derek brings us added depth, playmaking ability and experience at center, helping complement our young, developing wingers,” said Poile. “He has played in a number of roles, averaging about 19 minutes of ice time throughout his career, and is effective on the power play. He provides our coaching staff with some added skill and maturity down the middle when putting together our lineup for the coming season.”
Although the Predators didn’t ink players like the Blues Paul Stastny or the Wild’s Thomas Vanek to big contracts, they still managed to give their forward corps a more dynamic look without spending a lot of dollars.
Here’s the official team release:
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the club has signed free-agent forward Derek Roy to a one-year, $1 million contract.
Roy, 31 (5/4/83), has recorded 492 points (177g-315a) in 666 career NHL regular-season games with Buffalo, Dallas, Vancouver and St. Louis since 2003-04. The Ottawa native is a four-time 60-point, 20-goal scorer including a 32-goal, 81-point campaign in 2007-08 and a 28-goal, 70-point season in 2008-09, both with the Buffalo Sabres. In 2013-14, the 5-9, 184-pound center posted 37 points (9g-28a) in 75 games with the Blues.
An alternate captain for three seasons playing alongside current Predator Paul Gaustad in Buffalo from 2007-09, Roy captained the Kitchener Rangers to Memorial Cup and OHL titles in 2003, earning both Stafford Smythe Trophy and Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as MVP of both tournaments. Buffalo’s second selection, 32nd overall (second round), in the 2001 Entry Draft is a three-time silver medalist for Canada, representing his country at the 2003 World Junior Championship, and both the 2008 and 2009 World Championship.