Derek Roy C NAS 2 Months

After three sub-par years, Derek Roy knew his training needed to change and he knew he needed to work on his nutrition.

So this summer the veteran center, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Predators last Tuesday, enrolled in Gary Roberts' fitness program in Toronto. Roberts, a former NHL forward, is renowned these days for his intense fitness regimen. He has mentored many NHL players, most notably Tampa Bay Lightning All-Star Steven Stamkos. Roy hopes being in better shape will help him avoid some of the injuries that slowed him down in recent seasons. "I wanted to come in the best shape I could possibly coming into the season, and that's why I sought out Gary and his workout program," Roy, 31, said. "I'm feeling great right now and hopefully at the end of the summer I'll be feeling better and not focusing on injuries. From a nutrition standpoint and working with some of the best athletes around has been good. It has been good for my health." Roy had only 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis last season.

Derek Roy C NAS 2 Months

Nashville Predators GM David Poile thinks he's offering Derek Roy his "last chance" to prove that he can still be a top-tier skilled forward.

Roy is still only 31, so we think he'll get other chances, at the same time, it is certainly true that he might never get another opportunity to rebound that's as good as the one Poile's giving him. The Predators are shifting philosophies to one that favors offense, but they lack skilled forwards. That's put Roy in a position to serve on one of the Predators' top two lines and get plenty of power-play minutes. He had just 37 points in 75 games last season, but there was a time when he would consistently get over 60 points per campaign.

Derek Roy C NAS 2 Months

Derek Roy has inked a one-year, $1 million contract with the Nashville Predators.

Nashville also signed Mike Ribeiro to a one-year, $1.05 million contract Tuesday morning. Like Ribeiro, Roy could prove to be a big steal for the Predators, but there's also a reason why he would sign at that price. Roy has seen his production decline significantly over the last few years and he just had 37 points in 75 games with St. Louis in 2013-14. Still, he's just 31 and will probably start the season on one of Nashville's top two lines. Combine that with the Predators desire to put a greater emphasis on offense next season and the stage seems set for Roy to bounce back.

Derek Roy C NAS 2 Months

There is speculation that Derek Roy will soon sign a contract with an NHL team.

That's not saying much. Apparently there is one team in the east and one in the west that are interested in Roy's services. Roy was terrible in 2013-14 with only 37 points in 75 games, far below his .77 points per game career production. Depending where he lands and the role he is given, Roy is a comeback candidate in 2014-15.

Derek Roy C NAS 5 Months

The St. Louis Blues added some offensive skill to their lineup for Game 6 against the Chicago Blackhawks on Sunday, with Derek Roy in for Adam Cracknell.

Roy has been highly disappointing in both fantasy and reality this season, but St. Louis would feel a lot better about him if he can keep their playoff hopes alive. Roy is fighting for a new contract, so better late than never.

Derek Roy C NAS 5 Months

Derek Roy was a healthy scratch Friday night.

He sat in the press box in favor of David Backes, who returned from a concussion or neck injury. Roy, who is a free agent come July 1st, is not a favorite of Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock and there does not seem to be any way the talented but inconsistent pivot will return to St. Louis next season.

Derek Roy C NAS 5 Months

Derek Roy is expected to center the second line Friday night.

Jaden Schwartz and T.J. Oshie will round out the scoring unit. In the unlikely event that David Backes (upper body) is healthy enough to play, he is expected to replace Roy on that line.

Derek Roy C NAS 5 Months

Derek Roy got back into St. Louis' lineup on Wednesday in Game 4.

It was thought that he was a healthy scratch in Game 3, but coach Ken Hitchcock indicated that Roy was banged up. "He got whacked around a little bit in Game 2 and wasn't able to play his game," said the Blues bench boss. Roy has one assist in three playoff games against Chicago in the series.

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Derek Roy will be a healthy scratch in Game 3.

Patrik Berglund will return to the lineup on Monday night, so Roy will take a seat in the press box. Roy has one assist and six shots in two games versus Chicago. He was limited to just 10:48 of ice time in Saturday's contest.

Derek Roy C NAS 5 Months

Derek Roy (undisclosed) has returned from an undisclosed injury.

Roy missed Friday's game due to the ailment. He has nine goals and 37 points in 74 games in 2013-14.