The Edmonton Oilers continue to make changes in order to try and salvage something from another dreadful campaign. On Monday, the organization acquired veteran centre Derek Roy from the Nashville Predators in exchange for rookie forward Mark Arcobello.
Oiler’s rebuild continues
This current Oiler’s team has been in rebuild mode for the past three seasons. And this recent trade is the first one that will actually help this team. The Oilers have been in desperate need of an experienced centre for a long time. Roy will certainly help the younger players improve their game.
He was one of the leaders in Buffalo at the beginning of his career. Since then he’s had short spells with Dallas, Vancouver, St. Louis and most recently Nashville. Throughout his 692 games, Roy has tallied 502 points.
At 31, Derek Roy still has plenty to offer his new team. At first, it will seem unfortunate, being traded from a possible playoff team to the team that’s dead last in the standings. But this is an opportunity for Roy to re-ignite his career in many different ways.
He has the opportunity to guide one of the best groups of young players in the league to success. He’ll be able to teach guys like Taylor Hall or Ryan Nugent-Hopkins how to react in high pressure situations and how to keep their composure when things are going wrong. His leadership skills and experience could spark a winning attitude and carry his new team to a more respectable finish to the season.
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One thing is certain Roy will be getting plenty of ice time. This guy can play whatever role interim coach Craig Mactavish may have for him. He can kill penalties, score goals, draw penalties and most importantly win faceoffs. Having an anchor in the faceoff circle will certainly bring some relief to the coaching staff and the playoffs. Roy will serve as a playmaker for his new team and hope to benefit from the younger players speed by tallying assists.
This is a wonderful move by the Edmonton Oilers. Now if they can just use the rest of the season to bring in some more experienced defensemen, this team will be well on their way to repairing the damage. It will be quite some time before Oiler’s fans get to see playoff hockey but this move is certainly a step in the right direction. I can’t wait to see what other trades may occur before the season ends for this team.
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