Click above for Roy's goal in the first period Sunday against St. Louis (NHL.com)
By Mike Harrington
When the Dallas Stars decided Derek Roy needed shoulder surgery in July, it raised plenty of eyebrows in Buffalo. Exactly how hurt had Roy been playing the last two years? Mostly however, it was a roll of the dice by Dallas doctors. Roy could have kept playing but with a lockout looming, the thought was to get the shoulder fixed and make him 100 percent.
Good call. As it turned out, Roy missed no games from the shoulder. He's had some groin problems last month but now seems to be over them and is playing his best hockey of the season.
Roy had a goal and two assists in Sunday's 4-1 win over St. Louis. He has three goals and 11 assists for the season but has five points in his last three games. His 14 points are one off the team lead shared by Jaromir Jagr and Loui Eriksson.
Sunday's win was Roy's first three-point game with the Stars and his first since Feb. 19, 2012 for the Sabres in a game against Pittsburgh in First Niagara Center.
Veteran Dallas Morning News writer Mike Heika blogged today that the Stars are finally seeing the offensive skills they expected when they traded for Roy last July.
“I’m not making excuses for Derek Roy, but yesterday was the first day he said he felt 100 percent healthy,” Stars coach Glen Gulutzan said. “I thought he was really good tonight, he was quick on pucks, he made good little plays, that’s what we’re going to get moving forward."