The Vancouver Canucks were unable to shed Roberto Luongo's hefty contract at the trade deadline, but they are expected to have the one player they did acquire on the ice when they try to avoid a third consecutive loss.
Veteran forward Derek Roy could make his debut with the Canucks on Thursday night as they look to prevent the visiting Edmonton Oilers from extending their season-high winning streak to six games.
Vancouver (19-11-6) again tried to deal Luongo and his 12-year, $64 million contract that still has nine seasons remaining after 2013, but there were no takers before Wednesday's deadline.
"My contract sucks," said Luongo, who is 7-4-3 with a 2.44 goals-against average and has only made one relief appearance over the last eight games. "That's what the problem is, and unfortunately it's a big factor in trading me and it's probably why I am still here. ... I'd scrap it if I could right now."
Luongo, however, stated that he's relieved - at least for the rest of this season ...