The Dallas Stars filled a need by dealing for a scoring centre, giving up one of the game's most effective agitators to get the trade done.
Numbers Game looks at the Stars getting Derek Roy while sending Steve Ott to the Buffalo Sabres.
The Stars Get: C Derek Roy.
Roy, 29, was scoring a point-per-game (35 in 35) in 2010-2011 before suffering a torn quad muscle. While Roy stayed healthy last season, playing 80 games for the third time in the past four seasons, he wasn't nearly as productive, finishing with 44 points, his lowest total in any season in which he played at least 70 games.
Nevertheless, it was also the fifth straight season in which Roy played at least 19 minutes per game and he faced high quality of competition on a nightly basis as the centre for Buffalo's number one line.
Roy has one year remaining on his current contract, at a cap hit of $4-million but an actual cost of $5.5-million, after which he will become an unrestricted free agent.
In Dallas, he should move into the roster spot vacated by Mike Ribeiro, who was traded to Washington.
There may not seem to be much to choose between smallish skilled centres like Ribeiro and Roy, Dallas might have more of a future with Roy, who is three years younger and, prior to his 2011-2012 season, had gone five straight seasons with at least 0.80 points per game and there are a total of 26 players leaguewide that have at least .80 points in at least five of the last six seasons.
With some better luck and a fresh start in Big D, Roy could return to a more familiar scoring level.
The Sabres Get: C Steve Ott and D Adam Pardy.
One of the game's foremost agitators, 29-year-old Steve Ott is more than just a pest, even if that is his calling card. There are two players that have at least 75 goals and 700 penalty minutes in the last five seasons and Ott is one of them (Scott Hartnell is the other). Furthermore, in the last three seasons, Ott has won 56.2% of his faceoffs.
Ott played a career-high 18:21 per game last season, which might be more than he's needed if all goes well in Buffalo, but Ott will replace the grit that was lost when Paul Gaustad was traded to Nashville at the trade deadline.
Ott has two years, at a cap hit of $2.95-million per season (with a real cost of $3.2-million per), left on his contract.
28-year-old defenceman Adam Pardy was signed to a two-year, $4-million contract as a free agent last summer and it was ill-advised before the ink had dried. Pardy averaged a career-high 16:28 of ice time per game, but only dressed for 36 games.
Pardy has good size and could fill a role as an extra defenceman, but Buffalo's current depth on the blueline also leaves the possibility that Pardy could be an expensive AHLer.
With Roy departing, Tyler Ennis becomes the solid number one playmaker down the middle, but should also assure more offensive opportunities for Cody Hodgson or, failing that, Luke Adam, as scoring centres due to play more significant roles.
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