NHL Rumors: Derek Roy Would Save Blackhawks' Fading Title Hopes

Adam WellsFeatured ColumnistFebruary 27, 2012

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 17:  Derek Roy #9 of the Buffalo Sabres handles the puck against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the game at Consol Energy Center on December 17, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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No matter how you look at it, the Chicago Blackhawks are in a bad spot. They are still in the playoff hunt right now, but they have fallen off a cliff since starting the season 24-10-4. Their best chance to save their season would be to acquire Derek Roy from the Buffalo Sabres. 

According to Ottawa Sun hockey insider Brad Garrioch, the Blackhawks are one of at least four teams in the mix for the star center as the trade deadline approaches. 

As per @JSportsnet earlier report there are at least four teams in on Derek Roy: St. Louis, Montreal, Chicago and Toronto. #NHL

— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) February 27, 2012

The Sabres are in sell mode as they sit 12th in the Eastern Conference right now. It is definitely the right call for them, and Roy will certainly fetch them a nice, hefty return that they can build around. 

For the Blackhawks, they have to do something drastic to save what was supposed to be a successful season. 

When you go 9-14-3 over the last 26 games, it is impossible to say that it is just a slump. This is a trend for the Blackhawks, and one that has to stop. 

They tried Brandon Morrison on the second-line at the center position, but he has not done anything for the team. He is not the difference-maker that they need to salvage their postseason hopes. 

Roy, on the other hand, is arguably the best player on the market. He has proven to be effective at scoring and setting up a lot of his teammates. His numbers are down this year because the team surrounding him, with the exception of Jason Pominville, is not very good. 

Putting Roy on the same line with Patrick Kane would give the Blackhawks one of the most dynamic duos in the Western Conference. 

Time is running out for the Blackhawks to make a move that can save their season. Without a high-end goaltender on the market for them to pursue, Roy is their best option. They need to make it happen.