Leading up to July 5th, the first day of NHL free agency, we will be profiling various free agents that we believe the Predators could or should pursue. Today we continue with Vancouver Canucks forward Derek Roy…
2012-13 Stats: 42 GP, 7 G, 21 A, 28 PTS, 4
2011-12 Stats: 80 GP, 17 G, 27 A, 44 PTS, -7
Previous Contract: 6 years, $24 million
Projected Cap Number: From $4-5 million
Why the Preds should pursue: It seems like the Predators are always in need of a top-line center. Derek Roy could fit that role nicely. While small at 5’9″, Roy is gritty and could probably fit in with the Predators style of play, while adding some much needed offense. At the trade deadline, the Canucks added Roy to their roster for some secondary scoring. The Predators are in need of primary scoring and while it has been a couple of seasons, Roy has proven he is a consistent goal scorer with four 20-goal seasons.
Why the Preds shouldn’t pursue: Nashville has been talking about spending to the cap for a couple of years now, but the ownership has yet to deliver. Roy won’t be cheap, and he is a risk if a long-term deal is in play. Back in the late 2000s, Roy posted between 69-81 points three years running, but those totals dropped considerably in 2010-11. Of course, he only played 35 games and still managed an average of a point per game with 35 points on the season. But those totals didn’t improve last year or this season. How much is Nashville willing to gamble on an aging center that has likely seen his best days already gone by?
Where he would fit: There is no question that Roy would start the season as the team’s top-line center. Along with Colin Wilson and possibly Filip Forsberg, Roy would be the offensive leader for the next few seasons. He would get all the main power play minutes and help ease the pressure on Mike Fisher and David Legwand to be offensive-minded on every shift.