The Dallas Stars needed more scoring this season to have any chance of reaching the playoffs. In the offseason the team added Jaromir Jagr, Ray Whitney and Derek Roy to address their offensive shortcomings. Jagr has had some shining moments, Whitney has battled injury and Roy is now finally starting to contribute, with a solid February performance so far.
Roy scored his second goal of the season in a 5-4 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday and has points in seven of the Stars’ 11 games this month. After managing just two assists, Roy is hitting his stride for Dallas in February, although the team would probably still like to see him score more goals. Playing on the second line with the also-suddenly-hot Loui Eriksson seems to be a great fit for Roy, who so far seems to have healed up completely from off-season shoulder surgery.
Roy scored 20 or more goals for the Buffalo Sabres in four straight seasons, but his production had declined in the past two seasons. He was traded to the Stars in the 2012 offseason for Steve Ott, and is slated to be a free agent this summer. His current production is a step closer to justifying his $4 million price tag, and he will need to keep putting up solid numbers if he wants to stick around in Dallas.
The Stars made a puzzling move earlier this week when they shipped leading scorer Michael Ryder to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Erik Cole. That acquisition could lead to a little bit of line-juggling, and possibly more opportunities for Roy.