Monday, December 29, 2014

Derek Roy Jersey Card

It's time to welcome Derek Roy to the madness that is this season's Edmonton Oilers team! Indeed, instead of claiming him off waivers, the Oilers decided to trade Mark Arcobello to the Nashville Predators to obtain Roy; my guess is, after claiming Matt Fraser from the Boston Bruins yesterday, the Oilers might also claim Dany Heatley to play with Roy on a second line with David Perron, i.e. a ''Last Chance'' line if you will (well, except for the still-solid Perron).

I do understand why some Oilers fans/bloggers are boggled, but I do see how the Oilers had to shed one small center to fit another one in. And still, Roy is an inch taller, 15 pounds heavier, and has the experience of having advanced to the third round of the playoffs, as well as a couple of silver medals with Team Canada (World Juniors, and World Championships) - the type of experience the Oilers' kids need to listen to and learn from.

I get the move by GM Craig MacTavish, but it's still not the move he should be making; he's either stalling, or is getting very sub-par offers for Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and / or Justin Schultz.

We'll see how it goes, though, the bigger picture - if there is one - will become clearer in time.

In the meantime, here's a Frankencard from Upper Deck's 2012-13 Series 1 set (#GJ-RD of the Game Jersey sub-set), showing him with the Buffalo Sabres' white uniform with a matching swatch, but listing him as a member of the Dallas Stars - he would finish that season with the Vancouver Canucks, before moving on to the St. Louis Blues last year, and the Preds and Oilers this year. That's six teams in not even four seasons...

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