Derek Roy Trade: Will Vancouver Canucks Get Needed Offensive Boost?

Steve SilvermanFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 07:  Derek Roy #11 of the Dallas Stars goes after the puck 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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The Vancouver Canucks are a long way from the team that got to the seventh game of the Stanley Cup Finals in 2011.

They have lacked the consistency, firepower, defensive tenacity and overall effectiveness of a team with championship aspirations.

Have they taken a small step to get back to that level by acquiring center Derek Roy from the Dallas Stars?

Perhaps, but it seems like they need to do quite a bit more if they are going to be a team that has a legitimate chance to win a championship in 2013.

Roy was acquired for defensive prospect Kevin Connauton and a second-round pick (source:

The deal was first reported by TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie.

Roy gives the Canucks a slick second-line center who can give the offense an upgrade. He's an excellent passer who has scored four goals and added 18 assists for the Stars this year.

The Stars acquired Roy from the Buffalo Sabres last summer in a trade for Steve Ott. The Sabres wanted to get tougher and the Stars thought Roy would make them a more consistent offensive team. Apparently, neither team got what it wanted, because both the Sabres and the Stars are on the outside of the playoffs looking in.

The Canucks need more depth and consistency. Ryan Kesler's season has been torn apart by injuries and he has played in just seven games this season.

Vancouver scored more than three goals in only one of their last 10 games. Roy should provide more creativity on offense, giving them the ability to score with much greater frequency.

However, Roy has his limitations. He likes to operate with the puck on the outside and find open teammates.

If he gets an opportunity to score when he reaches the faceoff circles, he will take it.

But if you think he is going to skate into the dirty areas of the ice and take an elbow to the face in exchange for an opportunity to jam in a rebound, you've got the wrong player.

Roy has rarely displayed that kind of toughness.

He is a soft player by NHL standards.

His refusal to engage opponents and win the battle was the primary reason the Sabres traded him. He didn't do any better in that area during his brief stay in Dallas (source:

Roy is a rental for the Canucks. He is earning $5.5 million (prorated) this season and he will be a free agent this summer.

If the Roy acquisition is one of a series for the Canucks, they may have upgraded the offense enough to outlast the Minnesota Wild for the Northwest Division title and make a serious run in the postseason.

However, if they don't make another significant move, it won't be enough to help this team reach its goals.