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Trade: Canucks get Derek Roy from Dallas

Apr 2, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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The Vancouver Canucks got their center today, acquiring Derek Roy from Dallas for a second-round pick and defenseman prospect Kevin Connauton.

The trade was first reported by Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos.

Roy, 29, is a pending unrestricted free agent ($4 million cap hit) that has four goals and 18 assists this season. His best season was with the Buffalo Sabres in 2007-08, when he had 32 goals and 49 assists.

The Canucks have been in search of a center, specifically one for the the third line, to replace Manny Malhotra (injured) and Cody Hodgson (traded to Buffalo last year).

For more on Roy, here’s our Trade Bait profile.

In Connauton, the Stars get an offensive defenseman that has 25 points in 60 games for AHL Chicago this season. The 23-year-old was a third-round pick of the Canucks in 2009, after which he scored 72 points in 69 games for the Vancouver Giants (WHL) in 2009-10. He still needs to improve the defensive aspects of his game, however.

After acquiring Roy, the Canucks sent Jordan Schroeder back to AHL Chicago. Vancouver’s next game is Thursday at home to the Oilers.

Related: Canucks get good news on Kesler’s fractured foot

  1. phillyphanatic77 - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Solid pickup for a team that does need some additional pop up front. Guess Dallas is trying to upstage the San Jose firesale. Jagr next?

  2. misterchainbluelightning - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Neither the Football or Baseball section of NBC talk would have taken to long to post a trade. This happened over an hour ago. Sad

    • misterchainbluelightning - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      The thumbs down must be from someone who thinks PHT goal is to become like the print media, thinking people in 2013 is interested in old news rather than breaking news.

      Seriously, is that the goal here? Not to be the place for breaking news? If so my bad, keep on keeping on with the hour after the fact trade postings a day before the trading deadline. AKA what should be one of your busiest days.

      • colby7 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        Your an idiot, I follow all of the canucks news sources and that was not posted an hour ago.

        Its the day before the trade deadline, do you really expect them to have everything up instantly? They still post write up’s about things faster then anybody else.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        When calling someone an idiot, be damn sure to get your vs you’re correct.

        I stopped reading anything you said after your failure with “your”

      • elvispocomo - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        You missed a period on the end of your “your” there. Or perhaps you were in a rush to post so your comment wasn’t viewed as old news?

      • profsudz - Apr 2, 2013 at 3:58 PM

        When correcting someone’s grammar, make sure you didn’t write something like “people is interested in old news….”

    • Jason Brough - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      It didn’t happen “over an hour ago.”
      Kypreos had it first at 12:26 pm ET:

      • misterchainbluelightning - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

        My bad Jason, people over on HF boards were only discussing the Roy trade for 20 mins before someone here woke up and posted something. It just felt like an hour.

        But no no, if you think 20 mins late is a job well done, good stuff.
        Just know that it’s amateurish when compared to the other sections here.

      • ikillchicken - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        I know right? PHT sucks. You should definitely go to a different hockey blog and never post here again.

      • Jason Brough - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        I thought maybe I’d add a few comments about the trade before we posted it. You know, tell the readers why the Canucks wanted to get Roy. Maybe add some info about Connauton.
        But yeah, HF Boards was super fast at posting “Roy. Traded to Vancouver.”

      • misterchainbluelightning - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

        It does suck, the comment section is vile and not nearly moderated enough, and the bloggers can’t be bothered to stay on the ball a day before the deadline.

        It’s amateur hour here by comparison.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Misterchainbluelightning, relax dude. PHT is usually one of the first to break trades, one trade taking awhile to post doesn’t mean it’s “amateurish”. I’d rather have them do their due diligence than post inaccurate stories. If you don’t like PHT then no ones forcing you to come here and repeatedly comment. I saw this trade on hockeybuzz but it didn’t piss me off like it did you.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:30 PM

        Ya they were fast in posting the trade, I guess you’re unable to post a trade and edit the content later right?

        But again, if being the last horse across the line is the goal. Mission accomplished.

      • misterchainbluelightning - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        “one of the first to break a trade”

        Is this a joke?

        Come on man
        Everyone knew who Boston was ready to trade the Flames long before anyone here posted something about it.

      • colby7 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:34 PM

        Post then re-edit the post? Now THAT’s amateurish.

        Look there are varying levels of info you can get.. If you want quick info go on Twitter, if you want some background info quickly go on PHT, if you want detailed anaylsis wait for the big boys like SNET, Hockey New,

        These guys are being paid money and therefor cannot just post random crap like on a free hockey board. Due Dillegence. Look it up, it’s a thing.

      • comeonnowguys - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:58 PM

        Seriously, who crapped in your coffee today, man?

    • blkeskimo1785 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:13 PM


      • misterchainbluelightning - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        I agree that in 2013 NBC has people breaking trades 20 mins after the fact, it’s totally hilarious.

        Hilarious when compared to the Baseball guys

    • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      Yes they should post everything immediately, as soon as the hear it, cause we all know no one on twitter has ever been wrong.

      On a completely unrelated note, does anyone know how Iginla’s first game with the Bruins went?……

    • bcsteele - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:48 PM

      Dude, you mad bro? For the record…we all hate you now (per your thumbs down) and you should go elsewhere to post your trash.

      Jason, keep up the good work.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:58 PM

        He’s the new Blohard or Joey, or any of the other names that guy goes by.

  3. bucrightoff - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    How are his diving skills?

    • colby7 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:17 PM


  4. canucks30 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    H. Sedin, Kesler, Roy, Lapierre, Schroeder, Ebbett as centre depth.

    Not bad at all so long as Kesler stays healthy and Roy adjusts to reduced ice time

  5. 13datsyuk13 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    You look like the idiot when you post “your an idiot”.

  6. colby7 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Really? Not the guy who spends his time critizing a hockey blog that makes him mad instead of just not reading it…

    Some of us are professionals at work and we dont really care about spellchecking our posts.. If I had time to go through and pick apart grammar on a public forum I guess I’d defer to your genuis?

  7. ikillchicken - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I’ve never really liked rental players. I’d much rather see the Canucks give up more even for a retainable player. But if that’s just not on the table here and your only option is to go the rental route, this is a good trade. A second is an acceptable loss and Connauton was mostly just spinning his wheels. And even if he does get going, with Edler now locked up long term we really aren’t going to have a spot for him in the near future. He will never make sense as a depth D man.

    • colby7 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:23 PM

      He could not be a rental if hes a good fit at 3C, or if Kesler isnt healthy to start next season.

      Now MG can unload Luongo without getting a Center back, so there could be cap space for him?

      • ikillchicken - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        I highly doubt it. Roy is a UFA and will in all likelihood command at least 5M. You’re not going to commit that kind of money to a third line center no matter how good he is. And even if you wanted to, we can’t afford it. We’re gonna need to move Lu and Ballard just to get under the cap next year.

      • colby7 - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Higgins and Lappy were rentals too, but they liked Vancouver and play a good two way game and were resigned.

        Kesler is back in a week. Roy is not a rental to replace Kesler. Sedin’s are slowing down and Kesler is not what he used to be, I see Roy taking a Mike Gillis special to not end up on another junk francise like Buffalo or Dallas. Roy is not a first line center and if he wants to win hel take less than 5.

      • ikillchicken - Apr 2, 2013 at 1:56 PM

        Higgins and Lappy are depth players. Both of them were basically spare parts who were several seasons removed from any success. And despite this, we actually gave both guys raises to resign them. Arguably they could have gotten slightly more via free agency but neither was a super hot commodity. Even forgoing the significant raise he could get as a free agent, unless Roy actually takes significantly less than he is making now we won’t be resigning him.

        Sorry man, but this is a rental. End of story.

      • colby7 - Apr 2, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        I guess time will tell, it all depends on how he fits in and what his asking price is. He has made huge demands, but wouldnt you do the same to get off of a sinking ship like Dallas, or at least make it clear you will not resign? This is his first Canadian team and this thing could work out long term. Yes he wants 6m from Dallas, but he might take 4m again for Vancouver.

        He can be the long term fix as a second unit PP center to put Kesler on the first line.

        Anyway it’s nice to get some actual hockey discussion going here!

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