Quotable: Joe Nieuwendyk on the Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy trades

Here are some quotes from Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk, who talked to the media Tuesday afternoon about the trades of Jaromir Jagr and Derek Roy.

Jagr was traded to Boston for a conditional second-round pick, forward Lane MacDermid and forward Cody Payne.

Roy was traded to Vancouver for defenseman Kevin Connauton and a second-round pick.

On Jagr and Roy

“I want to thank Derek Roy and Jaromir Jagr for their contributions to our hockey club and our organization this year. In the case of Jaromir, treating our fans to some of his game at the age of 41 was exciting for the people here in Dallas. Derek Roy, for battling back from shoulder surgery and almost a point-a-game player. We’re very thankful for their contributions.”

On what role the last two games played in the Stars going this route

“Decisions are always difficult and my responsibility is to assess where I feel our team is at. We’ve been in this position before over the last three years in my tenure, where you are either a point in or a point out or you are knocking on the door. I felt this year it was an opportunity for us to move some expiring contracts along to receive some good, young assets and picks in a very deep draft. It’s a unique season with only 12 games remaining after the trade deadline, so I felt this was really an opportunity to put our organization in a good position moving forward.”

On Lane MacDermid and Cody Payne, the prospects acquired from Boston

“MacDermid will be joining us, Payne is obviously in junior hockey. Both those kids bring an element that I think is much needed within our group – a little grit, a little brawn and brash. MacDermid is a big, 6-3 left winger that brings an element of toughness to our lineup. Cody Payne is a gritty right winger. He’s a big kid as well. He has a scoring touch, has different elements to his game. Both those kids will be added to the pool of young kids that we have in our system.”

On how the Stars sell the team to the fans for the rest of the season with Jagr, Roy and Brenden Morrow now gone

“I think that is the key – to become a team. This wasn’t Jaromir Jagr’s team, this isn’t Jamie Benn’s team, we’d like it to be a team. You’re going to see some kids that are going to help us get to the next level, to where we want to go. Would we like to get it this year? Of course we would. But these are the kids – the Alex Chiassons, the Matt Frasers – that are going to get an opportunity to play now and have been learning their craft in the American League, and they are going to be future players for us. We’ve been able to add some key elements in picks and prospects going forward as well. Would we like to make the playoffs? Yes, that is still the goal, and these kids are going to have an opportunity to show their stuff.”

On if there could be more moves before Wednesday’s deadline

“I wake up every day and try to figure out ways to make this organization and this team better, and that’s what I will do tomorrow morning as well. I realize there is a deadline tomorrow, but my phone will be open and so will my eyes and ears.”

On defenseman Kevin Connauton, acquired from Vancouver

“Very interesting prospect in Kevin Connauton. He’s a guy who is a good two-way defenseman. He’s got some size as well, 6-2 over 200 pounds. He has a power play element to him, a knack for the offensive side of the puck. We’re adding another good, young defenseman to our stable. He’s probably, in some ways, the most NHL ready.”

On what he expects from the team

“Well, I think it’s an opportunity. I really do. This is by no means closing the door on this season. With 13 games to go, there’s 26 points on the table still. These young kids will want to show what they have. Sometimes when you have that type of attitude, a team can come closer. I expect we’ll play hard, we’ll challenge and get a good look at our young kids.”

On if these trades send a message to the current team

“I don’t know that there’s a message. It’s my job to make an assessment of where I feel things are at. In the case of Jaromir and Derek, we did have dialogue at one point on contracts. But in saying that, I also had to keep an eye on where our team was going and assess our team at that particular time as we neared closer to the trade deadline. But I think the overriding factor was this team I felt needed to be altered in order for us to move forward as an organization looking ahead. And again, a deep draft and the ability to acquire some young kids and some good kids in a deep draft was a big factor.”

On what Derek Roy and Jagr brought during their time with the club

“Derek coming back from a shoulder surgery that he rehabbed hard during the lockout, he had some injuries early on and never really found his footing, but when he did, he was a very effective player for us. I thought he played a two-way game. He was probably underrated defensively and ended up being our highest plus-minus guy to this point and almost on a point per game pace. There was a lot of good things that Derek had in his game and I think he’s a player that will help Vancouver and we were able to get a good young player in Kevin and a second-round pick for him.”

On if it is important moving forward to shore up the defense

“Well, I think so. I think we’re solid obviously in net with Kari. We have some good players back there on our blueline and you’ve seen a taste of what is coming in a Jamie Oleksiak and he’s only going to get better. You have to remember these kids, we’ve incorporated a lot of them into our lineup this year-Brenden Dillon, Jordie Benn. These kids are going to get better year after year after year. And Oleksiak, it will be exciting to see his growth as well. You add a kid like Kevin and Joe Morrow for Brenden Morrow, I think it’s important to have a good young stock of defensemen.”

On how important these prospects are for the AHL team

“Well, extremely important for that club. I think a few years ago, when we put Jamie Benn in the minors, they went on that long run to the Calder Cup final and it was extremely beneficial for him. They’ve done a tremendous job there-Willie and Doug Lidster and Scott White in Austin. That team is well prepared to take a good run now at the Calder Cup. We’ve add some pieces for that group with Joe Morrow. They’ve been exciting to watch and I think it’s really healthy for the development of our young players.”

On if he met with Jagr before the trade

“Yeah, I met with Jaromir this morning, explained the situation to him and it was difficult. He really enjoyed his time here in Dallas. I think he realizes it’s a great opportunity for him to join a team like the Boston Bruins that are a pretty powerful hockey club. He also knows that he is helping out our organization with what we have been able to acquire for his services. It was a great experience for us and for him. He’s been a class act and can’t thank him enough for his contribution.”

On if the Brad Richards situation factored into his decision

“Well, they’re obviously separate issues going back a year with Brad but these are the decisions I have to make as a general manager for the organization. I really felt that this was the right decision, to go out and get future picks and prospects to help this team moving forward. I still think we’re going to compete. I think we’re going to battle hard and we’re going to have some young players that are going to have opportunities to show the coach and the fans what they’re all about and these are the kids you’re going to be seeing a lot of the next few years.”

One Response to “Quotable: Joe Nieuwendyk on the Jaromir Jagr, Derek Roy trades”

  1. Kevin Connauton a TWO WAY D MAN, that is not what U hear

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