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.
Looks like Viktor Stalberg’s tumultuous tenure in Nashville might be over.
The Preds placed Stalberg on waivers Thursday with the hope of assigning him to AHL Milwaukee, per GM David Poile.
“A couple of injuries early in the season have prevented this from being the season Viktor trained all summer for,” Poile said in a statement. “He has worked hard to return to the lineup. With Paul Gaustad and Taylor Beck day-to-day and still on our 23-man roster, the best option for Viktor and the organization at this time is to place Viktor on waivers with the hope that he will clear, go to Milwaukee to play games and continue his efforts to be ready for NHL game action.”
Stalberg’s season has been derailed by a pair of injuries — an upper-body ailment suffered during training camp, then a knee injury after a nasty hit while playing for the Admirals in early November.
Going on waivers is the latest in Stalberg’s disappointing time as a Predator. After signing a four-year, $12 million deal two summers ago, Stalberg missed the start of last season with a shoulder injury, then landed in Barry Trotz’s doghouse and spent time as a healthy scratch, finishing with just eight goals in 70 games.
It’ll be interesting to see if anybody takes a flier on the 28-year-old Swede. He looked to be a breakout performer for Chicago during the 2011-12 season — scoring a career-high 22 goals and 43 points — but fell out of Joel Quenneville’s favor during the ’13 Stanley Cup run and was allowed to walk in free agency.
Stalberg’s in the second year of his deal and has two more seasons remaining at a $3 million cap hit.
More tough luck for Viktor Stalberg in the health department.
On Monday, the Preds announced that Stalberg would miss the next 4-6 weeks with a knee injury suffered while playing in AHL Milwaukee on a conditioning stint. The incident occurred on Friday when the Admirals were playing Grand Rapids and Stalberg was hit knee-on-knee by Griffins defenseman Brennan Evans:
Evans was subsequently suspended four games for the hit.
The injury is the latest in Stalberg’s disappointing time as a Predator. After signing a four-year, $12 million deal in the summer of ’13, Stalberg missed the start of last season with a shoulder injury, then fell into Barry Trotz’s doghouse and spent time as a healthy scratch, finishing with just eight goals in 70 games.
This year, he suffered an upper-body injury during training camp and went on to appear in just five games, going scoreless with a minus-1 rating. In late October, the Preds sent him to Milwaukee for the aforementioned conditioning stint; he’s since been recalled to the parent club and placed on injured reserve.
The Nashville Predators have placed tough guy Rich Clune on waivers, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.
The club intends to send Clune to AHL Milwaukee.
Clune has only appeared in one Preds game this season, the team’s first, skating for just 5:30 in a 3-2 win over Ottawa on Oct. 9. The 27-year-old is signed through next season for a cap hit of $850,000. When he’s sent to the minors, assuming he clears waivers, his contract will be fully buried, cap-wise.
In a related story, according to the Preds’ website, forward Matt Cullen will be activated off injured reserve, “making him available for the team’s upcoming road trip that begins Wednesday night in Edmonton.”
Also, forward Viktor Stalberg has been assigned to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment.
“Both Rich and Viktor have seen limited playing time this season at the NHL level and we feel that they will benefit from the additional ice time that they will receive in Milwaukee,” said GM David Poile.
PHT already made note of some significant (and smaller) IR moves on Tuesday, but in a quest to graciously save you some clicks, here’s a collection of some of the other injured reserve placements of note. Some could be a pretty big deal, too.
(Note: this is a good spot to mention other IR assignments in the comments section if there are any important omissions.)
- The Anaheim Ducks placed Dany Heatley and Kyle Palmieri on IR, according to the OC Register’s Eric Stephens.
- Cody Franson is on Toronto’s IR and ruled himself out of the Maple Leafs’ season-opener, TSN’s Jonas Siegel reports. It looks like Franson is dealing with knee issues.
- The Nashville Predators placed Viktor Stalberg and Matt Cullen on IR while Mike Fisher remains on the non-roster IR. This marks another tough beginning to the season for Stalberg, who was banged-up heading into his Nashville debut in 2013-14.
- Not too surprising considering possible surgery, but the Calgary Flames placed Sam Bennett on injured reserve. Corey Potter received the same treatment. Both are dealing with shoulder issues.
- The New York Islanders placed Lubomir Visnovsky (back) and Matt Carkner (upper body) on injured reserve. The hope for an up-and-coming Isles team is that “Lubo” will indeed be day-to-day, as he could be a key blueliner if healthy. Sadly, that’s been a big “if” during much of his career.
- The Dallas Stars made the expected official by placing Sergei Gonchar and Rich Peverley on IR (Peverley’s situation is long-term, obviously), according to the Dallas Morning News.
- Also expected: Brenden Morrow’s on Tampa Bay’s IR list. The Tampa Tribune’s Erik Erlendsson indicates that this situation may still be in flux, though.
- Tyler Kennedy’s on IR and won’t be available for the San Jose Sharks’ season-opener, the Mercury News reports.
- Eric O’Dell (upper body) and Patrice Cormier (eye) are on Winnipeg’s IR.
- The Chicago Blackhawks placed Brandon Mashinter (lower body) on IR, CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers reports.
(Note: Rotoworld’s a helpful resource for injury updates small and large. If you ever need a quick look at league-wide injuries, this page is a great resource.)