The Canucks started the morning off by putting defensemen Cam Barker on waivers for the purpose of sending him to the Chicago Wolves. Barker in 7 games this season with the Canucks had two assists and was most of the time bloody terrible.
Twitter went a little crazy when this happened, most speculated a trade was imminent, others realizing it was Barker simply thought the experiment with the former first rounder was over.
Shortly after that Nick “the mulligan” Kypreos reported that the Vancouver Canucks had acquired Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2013 second round pick and defensemen Kevin Connauton.
— Nick Kypreos (@RealKyper) April 2, 2013
In Derek Roy the Canucks finally get the center they’ve desperately needed for sometime. Roy is ranked 59th in the league in face offs at 46.7%. In 30 games this year Roy has posted 22 points (4g, 18a) and has a a lowly four penalty minutes. Roy was playing between Ray Whitney and Loui Eriksson.
Derek Roy is listed 5’9″ 184 lbs and was drafted in the second round in 2001.
This helps the Canucks in a number of ways.
Obviously the need for a legit centerman was obvious to everyone, even my sons goldfish knew this (RIP Killfish, seriously, that’s what my kid named him) and though the Canucks did the best they could with the talent available to them they weren’t able to find anyone who came remotely close to Ryan Kesler.
With Roy in the picture the Canucks now have options, they can move Kesler to the wing and play Roy in the middle, or they can move Roy to the third line for added scoring. The addition of Roy also adds a fresh face to a very stale Canucks power play.
The Canucks are at home for three games and Roy will likely make his debut with the team tomorrow against the Edmonton Oilers.
Kesler is expected to begin skating again this week and should play by Saturday. Where the Canucks decide to play Roy once Ryan Kesler is back in the fold remains to be seen.
The one thing that is certain is that the Canucks have made that much needed #BoldMove and addressed an area of weakness.
Schroeder Down to The farm. (breaking news)
Media Release: Jordan Schroeder has been re-assigned to the Chicago Wolves.
— Vancouver Canucks (@VanCanucks) April 2, 2013
Who knows, with the trade deadline tomorrow the Canucks could still surprise us.
Hope you enjoy the next 24 hours – Trade Deadline Madness.
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