Sunday, July 20, 2008

Flames sign Roy

Andre Roy, that is.

An enforcer with limited skills, Roy has played in nearly 500 NHL games, including 63 last season for Tampa Bay. He had a well publicized blowup with coach John Tortorella in 2007-08 and didn't play a ton after that, but he's well liked around the league and is a real character in the dressing room.

When the Lightning were in Toronto back in January, in the middle of an ugly losing streak, Roy was singing and trying to pump his teammates up in the dressing room. He'll be a popular figure in Calgary, I'm sure.

The problem, however, is that the Flames have (a) little cap room and (b) too many players on the roster. That — and the fact goons accomplish very little when they're on the ice.

Roy received a $550,000, one-year deal.

"Andre is a player with a Stanley Cup championship, who provides us with a dimension that is still important in the league," said Calgary GM Darryl Sutter. "It was our goal to replace that aspect on our team and we felt it was better to do it now than to trade for it as we go into camp."

Five Hole Fanatics has more.



At 10:21 a.m., July 21, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I was just thinking last week that the Flames really needed a clown... you know, to add some levity after signing Bertuzzi...


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