Derek Roy Clears Waivers; Assigned To Admirals

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Derek Roy has played in nearly 700 career NHL games. What could his addition to the Milwaukee Admirals mean? (Photo by John Russell // NHLI via Getty Images)

Yesterday we had the news that Viktor Stålberg was being assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals and that Derek Roy was placed on waivers by the Nashville Predators. The waivers process has come and gone. No one claimed Roy. Therefore he has been assigned to the Admirals.

All things told this is a nice plus for both the Predators and Admirals. The benefits here in Milwaukee should be obvious. We’ll be gaining NHL level talent to bolster our forward group. As for how this benefits Nashville? Both remain in system. Both are going to be logging lots of minutes. And both will be perfect call ups in the event of injury.

Roy hasn’t played in the AHL since the 2005-06 when he played 8 games with the Rochester Americans scoring 20 points (7 goals, 13 assists). In his career he has played 101 games in the AHL and has scored 107 points (33 goals, 84 assists) with a plus/minus rating of -2 and 90 penalty minutes.

The majority of Roy’s career has been spent in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, Vancouver Canucks, St. Louis Blues, and most recently the Nashville Predators. His career totals in the NHL: 692 games played, 502 points (178 goals, 324 assists), +42, and 369 penalty minutes.

UPDATE: Roy has been added to the Milwaukee Admirals roster page on the AHL website and is listed as #11. The Admirals website states that he will not be available for tonight’s game in Iowa but will be making his Admiral debut tomorrow night at home when the team takes on the Lake Erie Monsters.

Thoughts on the potential addition of yet another Nashville Predator joining the ranks of the Milwaukee Admirals? What players are going to be on the out heading to Cincinnati of the ECHL? Does the added veteran presence help or hurt player development here in Milwaukee?

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9 Responses to Derek Roy Clears Waivers; Assigned To Admirals

  1. Jim Zeirke says:

    Indeed, who does get sent down? Part of me wants to say Jonathan Diaby since we have the recent addition of Ian White and Diaby hasn’t exactly been a ball of fire. I hate to say it, but Mike Liambis might be the odd man out here.

  2. No question adding Viktor Stalberg and Derek Roy to Milwaukee bolsters both clubs. Neither the teams or players are gaining much by just sitting out nights up there. When the Predators made all of these signings in the offseason, this kind of situation was an obvious possibility. However, I didn’t think it would be Taylor Beck who would be the main man responsible for the loss of roster space (along with likley NHL rookie of year Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok).

    It also goes to show just how competitive slots are in the NHL this season. Derek Roy could help another team right now, so I’m pleasantly suprised that he made it down to the AHL through waivers. Make that three Nashville regulars over the past two years, Stalberg, Clune and now Roy in Milwaukee.

    With the KHL crisis still unfolding, it’s only going to get more competitive on this side of the pond, or in this case, both ponds.

  3. frontrowjon says:

    Good points Jason! My main question being a Buffalo fan myself Roy is a great talent and really competitive BUT his waning time with Buffalo he played the diva card a bit and got into with Lindy Ruff regularly. Now its some time removed from all that but i feel there is a chance he doesn’t report here and just asked for release maybe takes the year off or something like that. If he does swallow pride and dons the black n white ill be as happy as can be by what he can bring. Hope we get good Roy.

  4. ADSFAN88 says:

    My only concern with the recent additions of Roy, Stalberg, and White is that now we over the veteran limit since Grant, Piskula, Van Guilder, and Clune were already here

  5. Fan in the Falls says:

    I’ve got to believe there will be some guys moved down to Cincy. I would think one or two of: Gaudreau, Girard, Liambas, Pendenza. I don’t see any defensemen being sent down as they’ve just added two veteran forwards. There really is too many to just have more healthy scratches each night.

    One thing is for certain, though. It just got even harder for guys like Budish, Cehlin or Shalla to move back up. I can see Cehlin trading places with another guy from Milwaukee to give him another shot this season, but I don’t see Shalla really getting another shot. I get the feeling he’s basically in the ‘we gave you a bunch of chances last season to stick in the AHL and none stuck’ club.

  6. Fan in the Falls says:

    Adsfan88, ah, good point, I hadn’t even thought about the veteran limit. It will definitely be interesting to see what happens. I would be willing to bet the Preds thought some other team would have picked up Roy considering how small his contract is.

  7. Welp. The Nashville Predators just traded Derek Roy so… hey! There goes that veteran max problem.

  8. Jim Zeirke says:

    What is the veteran rule anyway? What constitutes a veteran under that rule?

  9. Steve C says:


    “Of the 18 skaters (not counting two goaltenders) that teams may dress for a game, at least 13 must be qualified as “development players.” Of those 13, 12 must have played in 260 or fewer professional games (including AHL, NHL and European elite leagues), and one must have played in 320 or fewer professional games. All calculations for development status are based on regular-season totals as of the start of the season.”

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