The memory of the James Neal trade hasn’t quite faded from the minds of fans and already it looks like the Dallas Stars have been fleeced in yet another trade. Sort of.
Derek Roy hasn’t seen any action with the Stars yet, and already he’ll be out until November, after undergoing shoulder surgery. Roy was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy.
After trading Mike Rebeiro to the Washington Capitals, the Stars acquired Roy to replace some of that offense that they sent to Washington. He had an injury filled 2012 season before posting just 44 points for the Sabres last season, and this shoulder injury may give us some insight as to why he struggled so badly in 2011-12.
Things could obviously be worse than missing the first month of the season, but when you consider the fact that Roy won’t see action in training camp or the preseason, both times when he’d be adjusting to playing with his new teammates, it’s still something pretty significant. If this were a procedure that he decided to undergo in January and would miss that month, it’d probably be less of a concern since he’d have had the early part of the season to get the chemistry right with the rest of the locker room.
Roy’s injury also opens up questions about the trade itself. Did Joe Nieuwendyk know about the injury before he pulled the trigger on the trade? Apparently he did. This is a situation where Roy planned to play through the pain as he had through last season, but the Stars felt more comfortable with him going under the knife to repair the damage.
Without great depth at center, though, this trade will hurt the Stars for the first month of the season. And if Roy is unable to come back and mesh with his teammates rather quickly, it’s going to open up some questions for this stars front office, which already doesn’t have the greatest track record when it comes to trades.
While the injury isn’t as serious as it first sounded, it does add intrigue to whether or not the Stars will continue to float Brenden Morrow‘s name out there in trade talks. My guess is this will mean he’s staying put at least until the season starts.