sorry to bump this thread, just searched Derek Roy in the search bar, and found this thread, just wondering what his value would be? I think that he would be a nice fit in chicago, but what would they need to give up for him? he's a pretty skilled player, and on HNIC they mentioned that they might trade him to look to change the culture of the team... so would something like brunette, mcneill and a 2nd work? not really familiar with both teams, cos im a leaf fan...
I still like the idea of Kruger + McNeill/Pirri + Beach.
I think Roy would thrive in Chicago in a properly cast role as a center with a high amount of offensive zone starts while Toews and Bolland do the heavy defensive lifting. Chicago would be able to exploit matchups for him that Buffalo can't--because he's the only top-6 center on the roster--or won't--because they rarely play him with Vanek anymore.
Buffalo gets two good young centers in Kruger and McNeill/Pirri, plus a mean winger in Beach. Seeing Kassian and Beach in the same top-9 would be a thing to behold.
I'd be thrilled with this deal.
If I'm Darcy I think you would be hard pressed to beat it.