Eric Roy: Do The Flames Sign Him?

Way, way back in 2013, the Calgary Flames selected Eric Roy in the fifth round of the entry draft.

It’s two years later, and the Flames have two weeks to sign Roy before he becomes a free agent on June 1.

Roy joined the Flames organization as the 135th pick in the draft, chosen with the pick the Flames got for trading Blake Comeau to Columbus. Of the 2013 draft class, the first four picks have already been signed – Sean Monahan, Emile Poirier, Morgan Klimchuk and Keegan Kanzig. The final three picks, chosen after Roy, remain unsigned because the Flames retain their rights for awhile (European Rushan Rafikov and college players Tim Harrison and John Gilmour).

Let’s be honest here: if seems fairly evident that if Roy really wanted to sign with Calgary, he would’ve by now, much like Calgary would’ve signed Roy had they really felt they wanted to. There appears to be some kind of impasse here, though it’s obviously unclear which side it’s from.

Based entirely on the fact that we’re two weeks out and a deal hasn’t been reached, I’d be shocked if Eric Roy remains a member of the Flames organization after June 1.

  • SoCalFlamesFan

    From Roy’s perspective, he should sign ASAP. Who knows if another team even extends him a contract?

    From Calgary’s perspective, Roy has good upside, but is he worth a contract spot and a roster spot in Stockton? With Rafikov, Hickey, Ollas Mattson, and some of our 2015 draft picks, there might be a long term hesitation to sign Roy if he doesn’t pan out.

  • RealMcHockeyReturns

    Depends on Flames plans whether he makes sense. If the plan to get busy in free agency like signing a big name D or even 2 lesser-known but rising and not old guys like good right-shooting D-men Goloubef or McBain and Schlemko (I assume the re-sign him), then they may not have room for his contract. Perhaps a AHL-only contract makes more sense if he was willing.

  • SmellOfVictory

    I’ve heard nothing but bad things about him since being drafted (really slow, no defensive improvement), so if I had to guess, it’d be that the Flames are choosing not to extend a contract offer.

    • Suspect is a nice, soft word for it.

      Roy’s a great kid. He really is. He’s got a great head on his shoulders and he’s well aware of his deficiencies in his own zone. He claims to have improved in those areas, but the evidence suggests otherwise.

      It’s unfortunate that he hasn’t improved his defensive game because the kid is wonderful offensively (just look at these WHL playoffs).

  • JumpJet

    You’d think with the current shortage of prospects on defence it would be an easy decision to sign Roy. I think the fact that they haven’t signed him yet says a lot about what the Flames think of Roy. He is a 5th round pick, after all, so it’s not a huge loss.

  • T&A4Flames

    Maybe they’re trying to offer the kid (a 5th round pick) an AHL/ECHL contract. His main attribute is offence. Isn’t that what we’ve been saying this team needs in the pipeline; puck moving, offensive minded D? I hope CGY signs him. And like Clyde said, going after Mike Reilly, now that he’s declared he’s going pro and that he’s not interested in CLB, would be a great thing. His style of play could work very well in Hartley’s system. Adding him (a left shot) and Morrisson a right shot) in the same season would be so nice.

  • T&A4Flames

    Flames don’t sign him…Roy was in his FIFTH WHL season as an overage player on a dominant team. Hockey Futures rates him as a “C” prospect…he has too many areas to work on to become an NHLer.

  • T&A4Flames

    Roy is from my area I know his family and watched him play as a kid, he’s got the tools and the character, to make it and I really hope he makes it, he’d be a great mentor to other aboriginal kids from here and all the northern communities round here. On a side note kind of neat that he was drafted using the pick from Blake Comeau as they’re both from here.

    • everton fc

      I agree 1000%!

      I think he has to character to develop into a god defenceman. He certainly has the tools. And I’ll say it again – he’s as good a prospect as Kanzig. Kanzig is mostly size and scrapping – less actually defending, though I’m not saying he’s a terrible defender.

      I guess I just hope a good kid gets a shot.