Posted 02 April 2013 - 12:40 PM
In general, I like the trade.
Connauton is low on my list of Canuck d-man prospects. I regret the team having to give up a 2nd more than trading the player.
Roy isn't big.
He is fairly good on offense, doesn't seem to be that bad with regard to his +/-, and looks to be a good play maker. If he can skate well enough then he should fit in nicely with Kesler and whoever winds up on the 2nd line with them (Booth - if he's still here, Kassian, Jensen, Raymond - if he's still here, Higgins, other?).
As has been pointed out, he is not the greatest at face-offs. In a good year he's just over 50%. in a bad year he's mid 40's. This being said, if he is on the 2nd line, then Kesler could take at least all of the "important" face offs.
Re-signing Roy next year could be a problem. Assuming Booth, Ballard and Luongo ("the usual suspects") are traded or bought out, then obviously, the team has more wiggle room.
The biggest factor I see in whether or not the team tries to re-sign Roy is what comes back in trade (supposedly for Luongo).
Following the Canucks since before Don Cherry played here.