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Blues bump Roy down to fourth line

Nov 13, 2013, 6:31 PM EDT

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St. Louis Blues center Derek Roy now finds himself on the left wing – and worse yet, on the fourth line – thanks to his recent struggles, as the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The 30-year-old seems to understand the assignment, saying “I just need to keep working.” Playing on the wing is an adjustment, though, no doubt.

“It’s tough when you get pucks to the wall, when you’re not used to getting them,” Roy said. “Guys are barreling on you and coming with speed. Those little things, I’ve just got to get better at. It takes a while, but there’s no excuse. I’ve got to play better.”

The Blues seemed to take a smart gamble on the pivot this summer, handing him a one-year, $4 million deal.

It worked out well early on, as Roy scored two goals and four assists in his first five games. Since then, he’s only had two points (both goals) in his last 11 contests, including his current five-game drought.

Playing on a line with Maxim Lapierre and Ryan Reaves probably won’t help that cause very much, but Roy has to show that he can be the kind of contributor that a hopeful contender needs to make it all work.

  1. jernster21 - Nov 13, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    If it wasn’t for Mike Smith, Roy could have had two goals last night.

  2. jhaegs - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Roy has played decently in my eyes, but that doesn’t count for much. The team as a whole needs to capitalize on opportunities. We missed a few empty nets and chances on odd man rushes. As good as Smith was, they didn’t help themselves by missing the net. Berglund (aka Charlie Conway) needs to stop being such a spazz when he has a scoring chance. He’s picked up his play on the forecheck, but his shooting has been terrible. Also, hopefully Colaiacavo takes Ian Cole’s spot. It was another BAD game by him last night. Turnovers in our zone, off target passes, and shots that weren’t even close to the net. The guy is a bust…

  3. stevedurbano - Nov 13, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    He definitely picks up in the 3rd period- I’m guessing Hitch wants that effort for 3 periods.

  4. ajpowers2987 - Nov 14, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    Roy not playing well!?! I’m Sooooo Shocked 3 teams in 1 year for a reason

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