NHL notes: After signing Jamie Benn, Stars focus on Derek Roy
|Derek Roy and his agent could be getting a call from general manager Joe Nieuwendyk about a contract extension soon. (RONALD MARTINEZ/Getty Images/AFP)
A day after re-upping forward Jamie Benn to a five-year, $26.25 million contract, Dallas Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk identified his next target.
Derek Roy, the club’s veteran centre, will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, which could see negotiations between Roy and the Stars pick up soon.
“He’s a smart, two-way player,” Nieuwendyk said of the former Buffalo Sabre. “He’s only going to get better as he gets to know our team. It’s a priority for us.”
Last summer, the Stars sent Steve Ott and Adam Pardy to Buffalo in exchange for Roy, who has a pair of assists through four games following the lockout.
Roy has 161 goals and 268 assists for 429 points over nine seasons in the NHL.
FLYERS LOSE ANOTHER
At this rate, the Philadelphia Flyers will be out of players by the end of February.
Flyers defenceman Adrej Meszaros will miss a month of action with a left shoulder injury, according to Flyers general manager Paul Homgren.
The 27-year-old Slovakian defenceman suffered the injury during the second period of Philly’s 2-1 win over the New York Rangers Thursday night.
"We've just got to fight through it and take the approach that it's opportunities for other players,” Homgren told CSNPhilly.com. “That's just the way it's going to be. We've got to deal with it on a day-to-day basis, and I think the coaches have done a good job of that to date. But hopefully we can break this stream of losing a guy a game, and stay healthy."
Earlier this week, the Flyers lost Scott Hartnell to a broken foot, two days after losing enforcer Zac Rinaldo to a leg laceration.
To fill the void the Flyers announced Friday they signed free agent forward Mike Knuble to a one-year deal.
COYOTES’ LOMBARDI OUT
The Phoenix Coyotes Matthew Lombardi will miss an unspecified number of games.
The 30-year-old centre sustained an unknown injury Thursday night during a 5-3 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
“Matthew got injured last night and may be out for a significant amount of time,” Coyotes’ general manager Don Maloney said on SiriusXM NHL radio.
The ‘Yotes GM wouldn’t specify how the injury occurred.
The former Toronto Maple Leaf had eight goals and 10 assists in 62 games last season.