Derek Roy has cleared waivers and been assigned to AHL Milwaukee, the Nashville Predators announced today.
The demotion of the 31-year-old forward comes one day after the demotion of another veteran, Viktor Stalberg.
Roy had one goal and nine assists in 26 games for the Preds. He started off well, with an assist in each of his first three games, but saw his ice time reduced dramatically as the season progressed. The return of Mike Fisher, plus the emergence of rookie Calle Jarnkrok, left Roy the odd man out down the middle.
From The Tennessean:
Roy, who had four straight seasons of 20-plus goals from 2006-10 in Buffalo, was placed on waivers for the first time in his career
“It’s a tough feeling and not a good spot to be in,” Roy said. “I’m just going to try and work my way out of it, and hopefully it’s for the better.”
Roy participated in Sunday’s practice at Bridgestone Arena and said he planned to discuss his future with his agent.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen,” Roy said.
Roy is a pending unrestricted free agent with a cap hit of $1 million.
With the holiday roster freeze over the Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins made moves Sunday.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Predators placed center Derek Roy on waivers while the Bruins have waived winger Matt Fraser.
Roy, 31, has a goal and 10 points in 26 games this season while averaging 13:31 in ice time.
Fraser has appeared in 24 games this season with the Bruins scoring three goals. The 24-year-old is averaging 10:31 in ice time.
Nashville Predators GM David Poile’s unusual longevity came into the spotlight on Dec. 16 when he oversaw his team’s 3-2 shootout victory over Boston. It was 1,171st win as a general manager, which gave him sole claim on second place on the NHL’s all-time list, behind only Rangers GM Glen Sather (1,278 wins).
“It’s one of those things later on when you’re retired and look back on your career, it’s going to be very meaningful because it’s guys like Glen Sather, Harry Sinden and Cliff Fletcher,” Poile told the Tennessean. “It’s a pretty nice accomplishment that certainly reflects longevity for sure, obviously with a lot of good coaches and a lot of good players.”
Poile, who served as the Washington Capitals general manager before coming to Nashville, has managed to turn the Predators into a team that’s able to compete on a budget. From 2003-04 through 2011-12, the Predators made the playoffs in seven out of eight campaigns, although they never advanced beyond the second round.
They also haven’t made the postseason since, which prompted Poile to fire long-time bench boss Barry Trotz and replace him with Peter Laviolette. Poile also attempted to address the team’s offensive shortcomings by bringing Mike Ribeiro, James Neal, and Derek Roy on board. Combined with the emergence of Calder Trophy frontrunner Filip Forsberg and Nashville has been respectable enough offensively to allow its superior defense and goaltending to win games. The Predators entered the break with a 22-9-2 record.