Vancouver Canucks Acquire Derek Roy from Dallas Stars

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07:  Derek Roy #11 of the Dallas Stars forechaecks during the game against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on March 7, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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In an effort to keep up with the rest of the NHL's Western Conference, the Vancouver Canucks have made a trade with the Dallas Stars to acquire center Derek Roy.

UPDATE: Tuesday, Apr. 2, at 2:07 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

The Canucks have made the move official, confirming it and the terms of the agreement on the team's Twitter account.

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According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, Vancouver will give up a second-round draft pick and prospect Kevin Connauton:

Roy had played 30 games this season in his first year in Dallas after spending the previous eight years of his career with the Buffalo Sabres. 

The veteran is known as one of the best distributors in the NHL. Before the trade, he was leading his team with 18 assists to go with his four goals on the year.

From 2006 to 2010, he totaled at least 20 goals and 40 assists every season.

While his production has slowed down a bit in recent years, he is still a talented center with valuable experience, and he will help create plenty of depth on the Canucks.

Vancouver entered Tuesday tied with the Minnesota Wild for first place in the Northwest Division and third place in the Western Conference. However, the offense ranks only 20th in the league in goals scored at only 2.5 per game.

Roy is expected to come in and contribute right away in an effort to help improve this struggling offense. 

In return, Dallas receives a solid draft pick, as well as Connauton, who was a third-round pick in the 2009 entry draft. The 23-year-old defenseman is currently playing for the Chicago Wolves in the AHL and has seven goals and 18 assists in 60 games. 

It appears that the Stars are ready to begin a rebuilding process while struggling to contend this season.