Red and Black Hockey
by David Lee on 09/14/11 at 09:03 PM ET
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes made a depth signing by inking veteran defenseman Mathieu Roy to a one-year, two-way contract. He will most likely play in Charlotte, where he will make an AHL salary of $125k. At the NHL level, Roy’s salary would be $600k. He is guaranteed $150k.
Roy (WAH) was drafted by Edmonton in the seventh round of the 2003 draft. He has played in that organization, and also for the minor league teams of Columbus, Florida and Tampa. Last season, he played four games with the Bolts and 45 with their American League Norfolk Admirals.
In parts of three seasons, he played a total of 30 NHL games for Edmonton, tallying two goals and one assist. In 2009-10, he skated in 31 NHL games for the Blue Jackets, scoring no goals and ten assists. Last season, he appeared in four games for Tampa.
His role will be to provide some veteran leadership for the Checkers blueline. This summer, Charlotte lost one of their veteran defensemen when Zack Fitzgerald signed a free agent contract with the Montréal Canadiens. He’ll play in Hamilton.
Carolina has the blue line shored up for the bit team, and now there’s some talk that prospect and 2010 draftee Justin Faulk could put himself in a spot to fight for a spot on the big team. A lot of Canes fans want that and they want to see 2011 first round selection Ryan Murphy sooner than later. However, I don’t think the Hurricane should be in any hurry to bring these defensemen along until they’ve gotten some more time to mature. As impressive as Murphy was in the Traverse City prospects tournament, Canes fans should temper their excitement with the reality that he’s still not good enough to play against NHL players.
Anyway, barring catastrophic injuries to more than one defenseman at the same time, we won’t be seeing Roy in Raleigh.
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David Lee is a restaurant manager with an unused degree in political science. He can be found at Carolina Hurricanes games, Scrabble tournaments and indie-rock shows. Sometimes, all in the same day.