Feisty Roy Calgary-bound

Andre Roy saw his time in Tampa come to an inglorious end in early March. SUN MEDIA/Jeff Bassett

Andre Roy saw his time in Tampa come to an inglorious end in early March. SUN MEDIA/Jeff Bassett

RANDY SPORTAK -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:40 AM ET

Andre Roy wasn't sure whether any NHL team would give him another chance.

The way he sees it now, though, he's fallen into a best-case scenario.

Roy's days were done with the Tampa Bay Lightning when he was sent home with a month remaining last season -- although brought back at his teammates' request -- and he didn't really know if any other club would come forward.

Then the Calgary Flames came calling with a one-year, US$550,000 contract for the left winger who was part of the Lightning's 2003-04 Stanley Cup championship team.

"Right away I told my agent it was a great fit," said the 33-year-old veteran yesterday.

Actually, it is a solid match. The Flames were in need of a tough guy with Eric Godard moving on to the Pittsburgh Penguins, especially in a division loaded with heavyweights -- Derek Boogaard in Minnesota, Scott Parker in Colorado, Darcy Hordichuk in Vancouver and Zach Stortini in Edmonton.

"Every team has somebody who falls into that job -- except the Red Wings," said Roy, from his off-season home in Montreal. "Calgary -- it's a tough, physical team, and that's a perfect fit for me."

Especially when you don't know whether another NHL squad is interested in you.

Roy, a veteran of 471 games in which he's counted 32 goals, 33 assists and 1,086 penalty minutes, saw his time in Tampa come to an inglorious end in early March.

On a night he twice fought -- and twice was thumped -- by Philadelphia Flyers' Riley Cote, he went into a nearly uncontrollable rage on the bench. Roy reportedly was irate over the replay being shown continuously on the scoreboard. Lightning coach John Tortorella restrained Roy and yelled at him to stop jawing at the Flyers bench. He was sent home the next day.


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