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Nic Roy Told To “Be Ready For Everything” In Terms Of His Role Under Bruce Cassidy

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Any time a new coach enters the fold roles are bound to change. It can mean different things for different players as the new coach implements his systems and figures out how each of the pieces fit together.

For the recently rich re-signed Nic Roy his role is likely to change while very much staying the same as a year ago.

It’s a little early to say but it could be really anything as of right now. -Nic Roy

Last year, Roy played all over the Golden Knights’ lineup for Pete DeBoer. From playing as a center for Reilly Smith and Jonathan Marchessault to playing on Jack Eichel’s right wing to centering a fourth line of Jonas Rondbjerg and Mattias Janmark, Roy did it all.

Along the way, he potted 15 goals and 24 assists helping earn him a hefty raise and a long-term contract to stay with Bruce Cassidy and the Golden Knights through 2026-27.

Roy’s versatility is one of his best strengths but it also has him heading into Training Camp without a true home in the lineup.

(Cassidy) told me to be ready for everything. If he needs me at winger that could be something that happens. Or he might need me in a more defensive role on the third line or a more offensive role on the second line or something like that. -Roy

It’s not out of the question to suspect Roy could start as high as the first line as a winger. With Cassidy expecting to break up the Misfit Line of Karlsson, Marchessault, and Smith, it’s likely one of the two wingers heads up to play with Eichel, leaving the other side potentially open for Roy. Or maybe Roy slots in as a second line center in Karlsson’s place among the Misfits. Or he could find himself on a fourth line in a lineup utilizing Eichel, Karlsson, Stephenson, and Roy all as centers.

It truly is possible for Roy to land anywhere in the 12 spots among the Opening Night starting lineup.

It’ll be up to Roy to turn his role of Swiss army knife into something more concrete. Depending on where he starts, succeeding in that place will solidify his position in the lineup. Last year, while the numbers were solid, Roy never quite took hold of any of the roles he was placed in, which led to him playing on 23 different line combinations.

Cassidy will take his best shot at creating the perfect lineup on October 11th when the Golden Knights head to Arena. For Roy, wherever he slots into that lineup, he’ll have to prove he’s the best (insert role here) player the Golden Knights have. If he does, he has a chance to fill that role for the next five years.


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  1. THE hockey GOD

    I like Roy, I think in long run he will be much better overall player than Haula; who was (is) known for offense (4 strat rating in his best year, now 3 out of possible 4 (5- on power play) and was a 2 on Defense and now a 1.

    In other news ; the FBI is considering changing it’s acronym to KGB.

    • Jailbird

      Fat orange man is changing his to: Putin jr. Go get him FBI, DOJ , lock his lyin ass up!

      • knights fan in minny

        another bitter angry democrap

        • THE hockey GOD

          a true bolzhevik he is, that is all democraps are now.

          The Bolsheviks, also known in English as the Bolshevists, were a far-left, revolutionary Marxist faction founded by Vladimir Lenin that split with the Mensheviks from the Marxist Russian Social Democratic Labour Party, a revolutionary socialist political party formed in 1898, at its Second Party Congress in 1903

          • knights fan in minny

            i wonder what the note they took that was from bath house barry obama said

      • Emmanuel

        If we sent people to jail for lying there would be no one left to use as guards!

    • Roberto

      McPhee when the Roy trade was made:

      “While it helped us on the [NHL salary cap], we made a good hockey trade,” Vegas general manager George McPhee said Thursday. “We like Nicolas Roy a lot. We watched him a lot. He’s a 22-year-old player we hope will be with us for a long time. Erik Haula would be [an unrestricted free agent] a year from now, so we thought what we made was a good hockey trade. That’s where we sit today.”

      No one should ever be immune from critique, but between this and the Chandler deal, a lot of team building around the margins (low cost high reward) has been very good for the front office. The giveaways do hurt, but moves like these shouldn’t go unnoticed. Would also add in Amadio and Hutton as nice margin moves who’ve proven useful and well worth the money.

      Let’s hope we get a big season from Eichel to make the big swings pay off.

      And I appreciate that you’re able to take time while waiting to be sentenced for your ‘efforts’ on JAN6 to chime in on hockey topics. 🙂

    • knights fan in minny

      they poked the bear thg deep down the democraps are scared of the don while their brain diseased prez continues to fail for gods sake it took him 5 minutes to get his god damm coat on the other day until the evil jill had to help him

      • Daniel Marquez

        This embarrassing run-on sentence brought to you by the American school system and MAGA.

      • THE hockey GOD


      • Good grief, Minny! Now we have you AND THG going off the deep political end??? I think it was better when you two were sniping EACH OTHER!! NOW we have a TEAM DEM BASHING TAG TEAM!!

  2. Love your ” Swiss army knife” comment! I find it very reassuring to hear that Coach sees the value of this young player, and sees Roy’s versatility. That ability shows Cassidy that Roy is a is a real talent. Complete game. Coach’s dream player.
    I have high hopes for Roy!

  3. THE hockey GOD

    whoever bet me that patches wouldn’t get hurt oWEs me bigly, I am ready to collect my baker’s dozen joeybagadouhnuts ! OR is it RANDYs from LA ?


    DAMAGED GOODS, is Carolina still laughing at VGK?
    Is Alan Walsh removing his FOOt from his STINKY mouth yet ?

    • Thg,tough for Patches, but it sure is justified reward to Walsh..maybe karma? Do you think our DOCS knew he was damaged goods, so traded him as soon as they found a taker? I’m thinking YES.

      • THG, The old adage” If it SEEMS too good of a deal, it ISN’T”!! WHO snookered WHO, right?

        • TS,

          I’m not sure this will really hurt Carolina they gave up nothing to get him and now can add 7 million in additional players if they want by moving him to LTIR. Unless I’m missing something here. Hopefully he is ready to go for them in February. Carolina did post 116 points last year somehow I think they will be fine.

          • I get it. Guess we would done the same, had we kept him. I’m still working on these cap issues-hockey has so many nuances, hard to keep track!

      • THE hockey GOD

        I have no idea if VGK training staff knew or didn’t. I am not very high on VGK training staff at all.

  4. THE hockey GOD

    world juniors

    After being canceled and rescheduled due to COVID-19 in the winter, the summer edition of the tournament kicks off Tuesday morning at Rogers Place in Edmonton as the hockey community shifts its eyes to the best players under 20 years old in the world. (except for the orcs, I don’t think Putin’s allowed because he’s a dick and turned Russia into a pariah* nation)

    *An outcast is someone who is rejected or cast out, as from home or society or in some way excluded, looked down upon, or ignored. In common English speech, an outcast may be anyone who does not fit in with normal society, which can contribute to a sense of isolation.
    Why they are still in UN is beyond me.

    • THE hockey GOD

      The Check / Cheque? Player VGK drafted this year did ok, played on third line and won 84% of face offs. Scored a goal in winning effort.

      The Slovak player, Demenk, or Demark or Demink or ? Didn’t do so well. A minus three, played on top line in losing effort. Played 27 shifts and lost all 12 face offs.

      The Swedes didn’t even dress the VgK goalie, so that say a lot.

      The Canadians play fourth VGK player today, waiting on results.

  5. knights fan in minny

    roy needs to put up 50 points this year

    • Emmanuel

      He’s in his prime, if it happens it’ll be in the next 3 years, he has value as a 35 pt player, anything else is a bonus. I’ve noticed a reluctance to use NR & CS on the W’s from the fanbase including using NR as a 4th line C, that’s a waste of resources to me.

      • Mike StG

        Emm – not really in the case of Roy. He’s more effective at center, so it would make sense to play him where he performs best. He’s not particularly good on the walls. Chandler can play wing or center well, so I think he’s better suited to be used at wing if needed.

        They can always add another scoring winger, and may still do that. Also, Manninen has potential to fill a role in wing.

  6. Ken

    Very happy for Roy ! Hard worker and improving. Feel bad for patch. He might be done? So too maybe that trump guy! FBI raid! Wow. Once they get their claws in someone, they don’t let go!

  7. Mike StG

    It’s a good thing Vegas traded Max before this injury occurred. We wouldn’t hear the end of complaints on these posts about Vegas having a bunch of aging, injury-prone players. BTW, Patch fit that description last year more than any other player, missing 44 games with 3 separate injuries.

    This Achilles injury is particularly bad, given it is due to stress over time (ie, age). It took Klay Thompson 2-3 years to play basketball again for the Warriors. Some never get back to playing form, or have chronic issues after the first serious occurrence. And this is different than Krebs’ injury that involved a skate blade cutting the tendon and not a tear from repeated stress over time.

    VGK dodged a bullet.

    • Mike,

      Maybe I’m wrong but his contract would have been added to LTIR and they could have spent an extra $7 million on players like they are with the Weber contract?

      • Mike StG

        VGK Fan, that is correct. But what do they do when Max is healthy again? How would they clear $7M in cap space so he could return to play?

        My point was that all the whining from fans (and SinBin) about the ‘aging, injury prone roster’ and lost time would have risen to a deafening roar. At least Max being on the Canes (and not Vegas) didn’t give them more fuel to add to the fire.

    • Pistol Pete

      VGK definitely caught a break jettisoning Patch. This cap clearing trade was a blessing in disguise
      in that they would not have to play the LTIR game with that salary.

    • Supposedly Justin Williams had same situation and was back at it in 3 months so you never know.

  8. Tim

    Patch is history surprise he ‘s injured no one saw that coming RIGHT. Next up Petro does anyone really think he’s worth 9 million a year? Lets have a reset and dump these over 30 overpaid players. Until we find a way we’ll stay in cap hell and continue to spiral down. If you haven’t figured it out yet it’s a young man’s game and speed kills it’s that simple. To give over 30 players outrageous 4 to 7 year contracts and wonder why the Titanic is sinking. A suggestion don’t go to the horse races with George and Kelly because they always seem to pick the wrong horse. David Perron and Tomas Tatar will as President Roosevelt once said will live in infamy in the history of the Vegas Golden Knights. Those two moves were the start of the beginning of the end of the Knights.

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