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NHL notes: Derek Roy has surgery

Nine days after being traded to the Stars, centre Derek Roy has undergone shoulder surgery. (MIKE...

Nine days after being traded to the Stars, centre Derek Roy has undergone shoulder surgery. (MIKE CASSESE/Reuters file photo)

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, Last Updated: 8:37 PM ET

Dallas Stars centre Derek Roy will be out until November after having shoulder surgery Wednesday.

The surgery was performed just nine days after being acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in a deal that sent Steve Ott and Adam Pardy the other way, raising a number of questions.

Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk told the Dallas Morning News that Roy, who played through the injury last season, was cleared medically to be traded but the shoulder flared up during a physical in Dallas. Rather than have Roy play in pain again, the Stars decided to have him go under the knife.

"He played through it before and he could have played through it again, but we want the best Derek Roy we can get," Nieuwendyk told the Morning News. "It was a group decision, and we felt this was the best decision. We're just concentrating on what's best for Derek right now. We want to make sure he is 100% and ready to go."

Roy, who had 17 goals and 27 assists in 80 games with the Sabres last season, will miss the first month of the season.

BIG BUCKS FOR PICKLE

The San Jose Sharks signed defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to a five-year contract extension worth a reported $21 million.

The new deal, which has an annual cap hit of $4.2 million, gives him a pay raise of $1.1. million per season. The 25-year-old is entering the final season of a four-year, $12.4 million contract.

"Marc-Edouard has grown into an important part of our organization over the last six seasons," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "He can play in all situations and has blossomed into a very trusted player on both sides of the puck. We are very happy to have him on our team for the next six seasons."

Vlasic, second on the Sharks in average ice time (23:09 per game), had four goals and 19 assists while playing all 82 games in 2011-12.

HAGMAN BOLTS TO KHL

Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the KHL continued to re-stock its roster by signing former Maple Leafs and Flames forward Niklas Hagman Wednesday.

Hagman played 10 years in the NHL with Ahaheim, Calgary, Toronto, Dallas and Florida. In 71 games with the Ducks last season, the 32-year-old Finn had nine goals and 14 assists.

Lokomotiv, which was wiped out in a plane crash last September that killed all but one player on the roster, will ice a team in the KHL this season after being resurrected in a lower league three months after the tragedy.

The team signed ex-Leafs defenceman Staffan Kronwall, defenceman Sami Lespito (Chicago), forward Viktor Kozlov (Washington) and goalie Curtis Sanford earlier in the off-season.

BRIEFLY

The Carolina Hurricanes signed defenceman Marc-Andre Gragnani to a one-year, $800,000 contract. Gragnani startws last season with Buffalo before being traded to the Vancouver Canucks ... The Washington Capitals signed forwards Zach Hamill and Wojtek Wolski to one-year deals. The Caps acquired Hamill, a former first-round pick, from the Boston Bruins in May, while Wolski, a UFA, played for the Rangers and Florida Panthers last season ... Winger Brandon Segal jumped from the Tampa Bay Lightning to the New York Rangers. No terms of his deal were released ... The San Jose Sharks extended their minor-league affiliation with San Francisco of the ECHL. The Sharks will also play two games at the Cow Palace, their home for their first two seasons in San Jose ... The Phoenix Coyotes added some toughness with a signing of Joel Rechlicz to a one-year, two-way contract. The 25-year-old forward had 267 PIMs in just 44 games with Hershey of the AHL last season ... The Boston Bruins added some depth by signing defenceman Garnet Exelby and forward Lane MacDermid to one-year, two-way deals. Exelby has played more than 400 NHL games but spent the last two seasons in the minors.


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