Dallas Stars face tough questions on free-agent-to-be Derek Roy’s future

A lot has happened to Derek Roy in the past year, and he might just be getting started with the changes of life.

Roy battled through an injury-plagued season in Buffalo last season, battled with coach Lindy Ruff and finally left after eight seasons. Traded for Steve Ott in the summer, Roy looked forward to a fresh start in a new town. However, a quick physical revealed some looseness in his shoulder, and the Stars decided to give him surgery to fix it. That kept Roy out through the lockout, and contributed to a slow start when he returned in January.

And now, just as he seems to be finding his stride, there is talk that he might be traded.

Camps for Roy and the Stars confirmed Wednesday that there is no news on a possible contract extension for Roy, who can become an unrestricted free agent in the summer. If that continues, there is a very good chance the Stars will trade Roy rather than keep him.

“I understand the situation, and you never know what can happen, so I just concentrate on my game,” Roy said. “It’s fine, honestly. I just try to work on my game, and everything will figure itself out. I want to play better, I want us to win games, and if that happens, then I’ll be happy. I’ll adjust to whatever else happens, but I just believe that if I play well and if I help my team play well, then everything else will fall into place.”

It is that focus that makes the Stars ponder a contract extension for Roy. He was once a No. 1 center who tallied 81 points (32 goals, 49 assists) in 78 games with Buffalo. Injuries and a couple of slumps took him down to 44 points in 80 games last season, and the Sabres decided to move him before they had to make a decision on giving him a long-term deal between $5 and $6 million a season.

Now, the Stars have that quandary. Roy has been good in his limited time with the Stars. He has 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 23 games and leads the team in plus-minus at plus-7. That’s helpful as No. 1 center Jamie Benn is a team-worst minus-8.


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