ANAHEIM, CA - FEBRUARY 29: Derek Roy #9 of the Buffalo Sabres receives high fives from the bench after scoring a goal against the Anaheim Ducks in the first period at Honda Center on February 29, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
It appears the Stars are looking to make some trades. Mike Heika broke the news this afternoon that the Dallas Stars have traded Steve Ott and Adam Pardy to the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for center Derek Roy.
With the trade, Dallas picks up a one-time 30-goal scorer in Roy. The Ottawa native is in the final year of a six-year contract. He will make $5.5 million this season but will only count $4 million against the cap.
Of course, you have to give to get and the Stars gave up a heart-and-soul player in Steve Ott. The Sabres, who are looking to get tougher after the Milan Lucic-Ryan Miller incident last season, could use a player like Ott. His gritty side will bring something to that team while he will also have the ability to chip in some goals.
Finally, the Stars shed the contract of Adam Pardy in the trade, a well-documented slip-up in terms of payout versus reward for the club.
Press release after the jump.
Frisco, TX - Dallas Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk announced today that the club has acquired center Derek Roy (DAIR-ihk ROI) from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for forward Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy.
Roy, 29, has played the last eight seasons with the Buffalo Sabres, including a 69-point year (26 goals) in 2009-10; a 70-point campaign (28 goals) in 2008-09 and an 81-point season (32 goals) in 2007-08.
The 5-foot-9, 185-pound forward broke into the NHL with Buffalo in 2003-04 after being selected by the Sabres in the second round (No. 32 overall) of the 2001 NHL Draft. Since then, Roy has more assists (266) and games played (549) than any other Sabre, and earned the third-most goals (161) and points (427).
In Buffalo franchise history, Roy is tied for the most regular season overtime goals (6) and he ranks ninth in assists. He has also appeared in 41 career NHL playoff games, including two trips to the Eastern Conference Finals. In all, he has earned 7 goals and 18 assists for 25 points in his playoff career.
"Derek Roy is a legitimate top two line center, and has been productive throughout his career," Stars General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk said. "He is a proven commodity that helps fill a void at a position of need for our club. We believe Derek helps make our hockey club better and we are happy to have him."
A native of Ottawa, Roy earned a silver medal for Canada during the 2003 World Junior Championships and also won silver at the 2008 World Championships.
Roy was named the 2000 Ontario Hockey League Rookie of the Year with the Kitchener Rangers, and in 2003, captained the club to OHL and Memorial Cup championships. He was awarded the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as Memorial Cup MVP, as he tallied 32 points in 21 playoff games en route to the crown.
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Ott, 29, recently concluded his eighth season with Dallas, where he earned 11 goals and 28 assists, totaling 39 points in 74 games. In total, Ott has appeared in 566 NHL games, all as a member of the Stars, scoring 85 goals, 135 assists, totaling 220 points.
Pardy, 28, earned three assists and 16 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Stars in 2011-12, his lone season in Dallas after three seasons in Calgary. In 183 career NHL games, he has notched four goals and 25 assists for 29 points with 157 penalty minutes.
"We thank Steve and Adam for their time and service as Dallas Stars, and wish them the best in Buffalo," Nieuwendyk said