Derek Roy’s agent understands why his client wasn’t re-signed by the Edmonton Oilers, but he “can’t believe” that one of the other 29 NHL teams won’t give the 32-year-old forward a contract.
“When (Oilers GM) Peter Chiarelli looks down the middle, he’s pretty small there with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, (Connor) McDavid’s not that big, Derek’s not that big, especially playing in the West. But I can’t believe nobody in the NHL will sign Derek,” Rob Hooper told the Edmonton Journal.
Roy started last season with Nashville before he was traded to Edmonton in December. In 46 games with the Oilers, he had 11 goals and 11 assists while earning partial credit for Nail Yakupov’s improved production.
“I was waiting for a center for three years,” Yakupov said in March. “It’s the first time I’ve had a really good center and I’m really happy for it.
“It’s easy to play with him. He can move the puck and he’s really smart. All I have to do is try to get open for a shot.”
Though Hooper concedes it’s “been very quiet for Derek,” he believes that some of that lack of interest can be attributed to the “cap issues” facing a number of teams.
Roy’s salary was just $1 million last season.
The Colorado Avalanche have signed goalie Calvin Pickard for another year, the club announced today.
It’s reportedly a two-way deal worth $850,500 at the NHL level.
Pickard is coming off an excellent rookie season, albeit in a limited role. The 23-year-old appeared in 16 games, 13 of them starts, and registered a .932 save percentage.
On three occasions, Pickard was forced to make more than 40 saves. That included a 47-save effort at Pittsburgh on Dec. 18, though the Avs actually lost that game, 1-0, in overtime.
With Semyon Varlamov firmly entrenched as the No. 1 in Colorado, Pickard will have to battle Reto Berra for the No. 2 role next season.
Given Pickard will be on a two-way deal and is exempt from waivers, more time in the minors seems likely.
Dean Lombardi has been named general manager of Team USA for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
Lombardi, the Los Angeles Kings’ GM, will be assisted by Flyers president Paul Holmgren, with additional help from Flames president of hockey ops Brian Burke and Jim Johannson, the assistant executive director of USA Hockey.
“We’re thrilled to have Dean at the helm of managing our World Cup team,” Dave Ogrean, executive director of USA Hockey, said in a release. “He’s been an invaluable part of our men’s national team advisory group and obviously done a remarkable job in building the Kings. In addition, having the experience of Paul Holmgren, Brian Burke and Jim Johannson gives us an exceptional management team and a group we’re confident will put together a team that our country will be proud of.”
The United States won the inaugural World Cup of Hockey in 1996. It was a semi-finalist in 2004 when Canada won.
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