'Bitter' Roy wants a better chance

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:46 AM ET

File Mathieu Roy under "bitter."

He was the last defenceman cut from the Edmonton Oilers, but that comes as very little consolation to the 23-year-old.

"This is really disappointing," said Roy, who lost out in a neck and neck battle with Jan Hejda for the seventh defenceman spot.

"It's their decision and I'll have to live with it. But the way I played I think I deserve a chance."

He won't be getting one in the immediate future, at least not in Edmonton. But Roy has to clear waivers before he reports to Hamilton and is half hoping another NHL team scoops him up.

"If a team picks me up, they're going to give me a shot in the NHL at least, so that would maybe be a good thing. I like the organization here and everything, but I think I deserve a chance."

Head coach Craig MacTavish understands the disappointment.

"It's a tough situation for them," he said. "But it's not the end of the world.

They have plenty of opportunity to get back up here. Injuries happen. They'll be, in all likelihood, the first guys back if we run into performance or injury problems."

Rookie netminder Devan Dubnyk, meanwhile, was assigned to Stockton of the East Coast Hockey League.


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