Sometimes I think Mathieu Roy thinks (and acts) like a football player. One time (I swear) he seemed to hurl himself face first into the boards and naturally he had to leave the game, arena and the lineup.
Since March of 2007, he has endured the following:
- Mar 1, 2007: Head injury, day-to-day.
- Mar 24, 2007: Missed 11 games (concussion).
- Apr 1, 2007: Concussion, day-to-day.
- Apr 9, 2007: Missed the last 4 games of the regular season (concussion).
- Oct 2, 2007: Aches and pains, day-to-day.
- Oct 23, 2007: Missed 8 games (aches and pains).
- Nov 5, 2007: Separated shoulder, day-to-day.
- Nov 26, 2007: Missed 9 games (separated shoulder)
- Feb 19, 2008: Bruised sternum, day-to-day.
- Feb 22, 2008: Missed 1 game (bruised sternum).
- Mar 7, 2008: Upper body injury, day-to-day.
- Mar 13, 2008: Missed 3 games (upper body injury).
Roy has some nice things. He loves to hit (anything), he has proven himself more worthy than a truckload of first rounders by working his way up the depth chart and he is the third best 215th overall pick in team history (Matt Lombardi and Brad Norton). He also has a one-way deal in his hip pocket that pays him $500,000 no matter what happens. I like him because of the story about how mad he got when they sent him down one training camp. You have to like a guy who won’t accept failure.
On the downside he’s slow, Pierre Bouchard slow. It causes trouble on coverage and reduces options when he handles the puck. The chances of his making the big club were reduced in a big way the day Edmonton signed Jason Strudwick. I worry about his concussion problems shortening Roy’s career. He seems like a good sort and it’s easy to cheer for a guy who came from such a long way back.