Dec 29, 2013; Dallas, TX, USA; St. Louis Blues center Derek Roy (12) skates against the Dallas Stars during the game at the American Airlines Center. The Blues defeated the Stars 3-2 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

NHL Free Agency Rumors: Derek Roy in Talks with Hurricanes, Predators, Sharks, and Wild?

The bar has been set for veteran forward signings. Dany Heatley signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Anaheim Ducks a few days ago, and that kind of contract should be expected of forward Derek Roy.

Derek Roy has reportedly drawn interest from several teams, including the Nashville Predators, Carolina Hurricanes, San Jose Sharks, and Minnesota Wild.

A 2nd round pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Derek Roy has had his fair share of success in his 666 NHL regular season games. The playmaker has tallied 315 assists and 492 points in those games. He’s put up 27 points in 49 NHL playoff games.

Derek Roy is five seasons removed from an 81 point campaign in the 2007-2008 season. He scored 32 goals, and added 49 assists that year with the Buffalo Sabres.

Derek Roy tallied 37 points (9 goals, 28 assists) in 71 games in the 2013-2014 season with the St. Louis Blues. He had 1 assist in 4 playoff games.

At 5’9″, 184 lbs, Derek Roy doesn’t have ideal size, but his skill makes up for it. In the right situation, Derek Roy can be a very efficient playmaker.

Derek Roy played with the Kitchener Rangers in the OHL from 1999-2003. Jeff Skinner, Brent Pedersen, and Ryan Murphy were all drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes out of Kitchener in recent drafts.

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