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Report: Dallas’ Roy undergoes shoulder surgery, out ’til November (Updated)

Jul 11, 2012, 3:58 PM EDT

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From the “Curious Timing” file…

According to Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, recently acquired Stars center Derek Roy had shoulder surgery on Wednesday, a procedure that will keep the 29-year-old out of the lineup until November.

The news has caught many off guard, mostly because Roy came to Dallas from Buffalo in a trade consummated nine days ago.

This raises a number of questions, including:

— Were the Sabres aware of Roy’s shoulder issue upon dealing him?

(Update: Yes, according to Heika. “He had shoulder pain last season and played through it.”)

— Were the Stars aware of it upon acquiring him?

(Update: Sorta, according to Heika. “He was cleared medically and this was discovered in a full physical in Dallas.”)

— If so, was Dallas aware the procedure to fix it would require up to fourth months of rehab?

(Update: Yes, according to Heika. “Stars felt now the time to fix it. Stars GM said Roy could have played through it, but ‘we want the best Derek Roy we can get.”’)

Aside from missing four games with a shoulder injury in 2007-08, Roy’s health history doesn’t have any massive red flags. He’s appeared in at least 80 games in three of the last four seasons and suited up for all 82 in 2008-09.

(Granted, he had season-ending quadriceps surgery halfway through 2010-11.)

Losing Roy’s big blow for Dallas, a team that completely revamped itself this offseason with the additions of Ray Whitney and Jaromir Jagr.

Roy was projected to center the Stars’ second line with Whitney and Michael Ryder on the wings. The depth behind him down the middle — Cody Eakin, Tom Wandell, Vernon Fiddler — isn’t exactly top-six material.

  1. mclovinhockey - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Dallas really built a team full of leadership… Not sure it’s going to help make the playoffs this year but it will def help develop their young core players into great leaders.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      Roy is a terrible leader and has the respect of nobody
      Jagr is not a leader

      They have dumped all their leaders and are talking about ditching another in Morrow

      • bagjr387 - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:37 PM

        ^X2….Roy was known as a cancer in the lockerroom, and has a cocky personality that rubs people the wrong way. I’m not sure if it was him against Lindy, or if he was really not liked ….

        he thought he could skip people going into clubs downtown and such…not my cup of tea when he is theoretically a team leader(at least he should be at his age)

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:41 PM

        He also uttered the words “Come’on guys it’s just a game” on the ice reportedly. Which is the kiss of Death when you want to talk about leadership.

      • travishenryskid - Jul 11, 2012 at 7:53 PM

        The hate for Roy from Buffalo fans is pretty hilarious. He played through an injury all year long and all you hear from Sabre fans is how much of a quitter he is. Who would ever want to go play for that fan base?

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 9:34 PM

        Sabre fans know hockey for the most part, they know gutless when they see it.

  2. sjsharks66 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:16 PM

    Dallas usually misses playoffs by a point or so. I think they will make 8th seed in the west. Will be interesting to see how it turns out.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:22 PM

      Im thinking they are going to be 2nd worst team in the west

  3. jpelle82 - Jul 11, 2012 at 4:43 PM

    wtf. is nieuwendyk asleep at the wheel? lets bring in jagr and shop morrow, just give away mike ribeiro but its ok because they signed whitney who is 80 yrs old. now this. bet ott is glad to be out of there too…

  4. dlk75150 - Jul 11, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    I see joe did his research before he shipped otter out of town

  5. mydadyourmom - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:02 PM

    Way she goes Stars fans. He’ll be good for 40 games and then walk as a

  6. mydadyourmom - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:03 PM


  7. bagjr387 - Jul 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM

    As a sabres fan I laughed…but i truly hope this wasnt something that Darcy knew about. bad GM rep if it was

  8. egodz51 - Jul 11, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Playing through an injury doesn’t get you off the hook for being a huge d.b. Good luck with him Dallas.

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