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With Benn signed, Stars GM Nieuwendyk turns attention to Derek Roy

Jan 25, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

Derek Roy Dallas

On Thursday, Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk took care of business by inking forward Jamie Benn — the club’s lone All-Star last season — to a five-year, $26.25 million deal.

Now, it’s onto the next thing.

Nieuwendyk told Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News his attention shifts to re-signing Derek Roy to a contract extension.

Roy, acquired from Buffalo in exchange for Steve Ott during the offseason, is in the final year of a six-year, $24 million deal.

“We’ll start that soon,” Nieuwendyk said when asked about a Roy contract extension. “He’s a smart, two-way player, and he’s only going to get better as he gets to know our team.

“It’s a priority for us.”

Roy is 29 (30 in May) and has two points in four games for the Stars this season, averaging 19:47 of ice time. At his peak, he was a solid scorer — 81 points in 78 games in 2007-08 — but has been on a steady slide ever since, scoring 70, 69, 35 (in 35 games mind you) and 44 points in the four seasons since.

That said, a large part of Roy’s struggles were due to a serious quadriceps tendon injury and slow recovery from it.

It sounds as though Roy will be part of the long-term plan in Dallas. Based on the cap numbers — and the willingness of new owner Tom Gaglardi to spend money — the Stars have invested a significant chunk of change in a core group featuring Benn, Alex Goligoski, Loui Eriksson, Trevor Daley and Kari Lehtonen, all signed through 2016.

Roy is a bit older than most of the group, but age hasn’t scared off Dallas in the past.

This summer, the Stars spent over $13 million to secure the services of 39-year-old Ray Whitney (for two years) and 40-year-old Jaromir Jagr (for one).

  1. travishenryskid - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    That 35 point season is a bit misleading, because he played 35 games. Trying to tie that into a player’s production sliding is disingenuous IMO. He had a down year last year, where it was revealed he was playing with a shoulder injury. Other than that, he has been a very good scorer. Go ahead Sabres fans, give me your thumb downs.

    • Mike Halford - Jan 25, 2013 at 3:58 PM

      Fair point (I updated the text) but taking that season out of the equation, he still went 70-69-44, so there’s something to be said for his decreasing production.

      • gbatap - Jan 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        Big difference between one down season and a “steady slide”.

    • misterchainbluelightning - Jan 25, 2013 at 4:32 PM

      He’s a very good scorer
      he’s also….
      very bad defensively
      very lacking in heart
      which in turn makes him perceived as a bad teammate (and correctly so)

  2. valoisjoeybfeld69 - Jan 25, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    So much for GM Joe Nieuwendyk’s multitasking abilities. Ouch!

    • 19to77 - Jan 25, 2013 at 5:55 PM

      Why? Roy’s signed ’till the end of the year and Benn was an RFA and not playing. Why would he split his attention when one player’s in the lineup for the rest of the year either way and can be dealt with whenever, and the other’s missing games because he doesn’t have a contract?

  3. dlk75150 - Jan 25, 2013 at 8:06 PM

    This is about Jamie and I welcome him back!

  4. bdrs17 - Jan 25, 2013 at 10:39 PM

    Roy eats cock

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