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Derek Roy Conference Call

Nashville Predators Derek Roy Conference Call Transcript

Wednesday, 07.16.2014 / 4:01 PM / Features
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Derek Roy Conference Call
I\u2019m really excited to be a part of the Nashville Predators organization. It took me a while this summer to sign. There were a lot of teams involved but I thought this was a really good fit for me. It\u2019s a great city and a great organization. I flew down there to meet with David Poile and check the city out a little bit. I\u2019ve only heard great things about the organization and the city. I\u2019m really excited to get this thing started. It\u2019s a good fresh start for me, coming off a couple of seasons with injuries. I hope to be a big part of the Predators organization going forward.

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I’m really excited to be a part of the Nashville Predators organization. It took me a while this summer to sign. There were a lot of teams involved but I thought this was a really good fit for me. It’s a great city and a great organization. I flew down there to meet with David Poile and check the city out a little bit. I’ve only heard great things about the organization and the city. I’m really excited to get this thing started. It’s a good fresh start for me, coming off a couple of seasons with injuries. I hope to be a big part of the Predators organization going forward.


On where he is physically and what type of role he can play…

Physically this summer I’ve moved to Toronto and been training with Gary Roberts. A bunch of NHL players train with him. It’s been great from a nutrition standpoint to working out every day. It’s been good, we’re skating and working out every day. It’s good for my health. It’s a nice one-stop shop for athletes that need to take care of their bodies and need to stay in shape. In terms of my play, I bring a lot of offense to the table. I’ve done that my whole career and my whole junior career. At the same time I try and play both sides of the puck. I play offense and defense. I’m defensive minded first then I move to the offensive zone. That’s been the way I’ve played my whole career. This year there is going to be a lot of offense need from me and I’m willing to take on that role and put up some numbers.


On how he feels about the Predators push to be successful through recent free agent signings…

It’s great. I think David Poile has a lot of hockey knowledge. He knows the game and has been around it a long time. He’s doing what is necessary for the team to win. Making that trade for James Neal was big. Trading away two players that have been in the organization for a long time isn’t easy to do but he did it and that just shows how much he wants to win. Bringing in some free agents and changing the team around is a tough job. But being in an organization that wants to win is great. I look forward to trying to win a Stanley Cup.

On why he choose to sign in Nashville over other teams…

I’ll never forget one of the games I played in Nashville when I was with the Sabres. During one of the TV timeouts we were trying to draw up a few plays, and the whole five minutes the fans were cheering as loud as they could so we couldn’t hear it. I remember just looking around at my teammates and saying, ‘wow that’s pretty cool; this would be a cool place to play.’ From that experience and others you can tell how great the fans are, and how much it has an impact on the team. I don’t think they get enough credit around the league for how great they are. The city of Nashville is great too. It’s a great city, great weather and really friendly people. David and Mr. Laviolette made it a lot easier of a move when I met with them too.


On how important depth at the center position is…

If you look at the Kings they had a lot of depth up the middle and they’ve been really successful over the last couple of years. Depth at center is big in this league, not only for winning face-offs but for controlling the play and controlling the power play.

On taking a mentoring role with the younger players…

We talked about that. It’s something I do without even noticing. If I see something in a young players game that needs improvement on I’ll give him pointers and tips on how to improve that. I learned that from playing in Buffalo with Chris Drury and Danny Briere. They helped me out, and now its time for me to teach the younger guys.


On playing for Laviolette…

I’ve played against him a lot and I know for a fact that he does like to push the puck offensively. He definitely plays a real offensive game. That’s good for me because I play an offensive game myself. Lots of speed and lots of puck control is something that will benefit me for sure.


On whether playing limited minutes in St. Louis was a problem last season…

That was one of things we looked at this summer. Signing in St. Louis was mostly about winning a Stanley Cup. We had a great team and a great regular season. Playing those limited minutes was tough though. I’ve always played 18 and 19, and then playing 12 and 13 was tough. So that’s what I looked for this summer was playing for a team that I could get back to those minutes. I want to get back to the player I used to be. Nashville was one of those teams; they were there from the start. It worked out, and hopefully down the road we can do something special.

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