I don’t see Derek Roy having more than a one-year shelf life with the St. Louis Blues after they’ve started to scratch him. He’s scored one point in his last 16 games. They can use his $4-million salary to help defray the costs of signing goalie Ryan Miller to what’s likely going to be a $6-million salary next season. - NHL scouts watching Calgary Hitmen winger Jake Virtanen (a likely top 15 draft pick this June) in the WHL playoffs didn’t see the real goods. He was hurt (hand/shoulder) and sick. “I think he has mono,” said one amateur scout. Virtanen is one of the few players available in this year’s draft with an NHL-sized body who might be able to step in. Centre Sam Bennett, expected to go in the top four, is also hurting with a busted nose. - Craig Button is helping the Saskatoon Blades in their search for a new GM with Lorne Molleken moving on. I know whom I’d hire: former Oil Kings goalie and ex-Everett Silvertips GM Doug Soetaert, now scouting AHL players for ex-Oilers rearguard Don Jackson’s Austrian team. Soetaert was the first GM of the expansion Silvertips. - Tri-City Americans goalie Eric Comrie was named a star for the Winnipeg Jets’ AHL farm team in St. John’s Friday. The 2013 second-round draft is getting a taste of pro before going back to the WHL next year. The Jets have Comrie in their pipeline and a terrific prospect in UMass-Lowell netminder Connor Hellebuyck (1.79 goals-against average, .941 save percentage) whom they just signed. - If you haven’t noticed ex-Oil Kings defenceman Mark Pysyk with the Buffalo Sabres lately, he’s had a concussion. He’s in AHL Rochester now, but the Sabres definitely feel he’s a top-four guy, even with the team very high on Finn Rasmus Ristolainen joining the mix.
Expect Derek Roy to move on from Blues following season
Edmonton Journal | Apr 7