Buffalo Sabres actively shopping Derek Roy

After a successful 2010-11 season (35 points in 35 games) that was cut short by a  torn quadriceps tendon that sidelined him for most of the campaign, Sabres fans expected great things from Roy and their newly revamped line-up. The acquisition of steady blue liner Robyn Regehr, along with the signatures of talented UFAs Christian Ehrhoff and Ville Leino to expensive long-term contracts, held great promise  in Buffalo-land, and the Sabres were 10-5 after 15 games. However, injuries to key players such as Jochen Hecht, Ryan Miller, Tyler Ennis, Tyler Myers and Christian Ehrhoff, along with the uninspired play of key offensive cogs like Roy, Drew Stafford, Brad Boyes and new acquisition Ville Leino have played a major role in the Sabres’s failure to keep playing good hockey. The team has slipped to the 11th position in the Eastern Conference standings, going 8-13-5 for 21 points in its last 26 games!

Derek Roy Sabres

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While team captain Jason Pominville (43 points) and star winger Thomas Vanek (40 points) have been steady point-producers all-season long, Roy has been inconsistent and  unproductive scoring only 8 goals and adding 16 assists for only 24 points in 40 games, on pace for only 48 points over a full season. Now Roy, 28, is battling a shoulder injury and is going to be a game-time decision for tonight’s match-up against division rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs. The injury was initially supposed to force Roy out of action for an extended period of time.

 

Derek Roy - Sabres

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Despite his offensive struggles, Roy could become a hot commodity, along with line-mate Drew Stafford who scored 31 goals last season, right before the NHL trade deadline at the end of February. Several reliable sources, including HNIC reporter Elliotte Friedman, report that GM Darcy Regier is dangling Derek Roy as a trade bait to jumpstart his team before the play-off race. The Anaheim Ducks are believed to have looked at both Roy and Drew Stafford when General Manager Bob Murray was in town in late November. The Ducks GM has stated that all his players, save Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu, are available at the right price, which has lead to speculations that the two teams are talking about a blockbuster trade.

Roy is drawing a lot attention because he only has one more year to his contract at a salary of $5.5 million, but with a reasonable cap hit of only $4 million, which can easily be fit under the cap. From 2006-07 to 2009-10, Roy recorded an average of 70 points and 80 games per year, which is pretty hard to come by in today’s NHL.

The native of Ottawa would certainly interest teams such as the Minnesota Wild, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Nashville Predators, which all lack depth at center and are vying for a playoff spot.

What would you offer for Roy is your team was looking for a quality pivot down the stretch?

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Fred Poulin

Fred Poulin

Freelance translator/writer
A long-time Joe Sakic fan, Fred, 35, is a freelance sports writer and translator. Fred earned a Bachelor of Translation in 2002 at Laval University in Quebec City. He also writes on the Montreal Canadiens for HabsAddict.com and he is an associate editor and a baseball columnist on Dobberbaseball.com. He is also fluent in English, French and Spanish.
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8 Comments

  1. nothing. Roy’s ON my team…

    • As a Sabres fan would you prefer keeping him or trading him?

      •  Hard to say. As a fan, it’d be hard to wanna deal anyone who’s been with the team long enough to consider them “one of the regular guys”. If I were a GM or something along those lines, however, I’d probably advertise him for a bit to see what I can get and make a decision after that.

        • I’m thinking you can trade all these bum’s on this team. Time to go out and start the rebuild. Start with ruff and reiger. This bunch of hockey players who has trouble scoring more than one goal a game has to get shaken up

        • After tonight’s loss against the Leafs, I clearly think the players are tired of Lindy Ruff and want him out the door. We’ll see what Regier will do to save his job. Trade some key players or fire his head coach?

        • A bit early to call for the coach’s head at the moment. Remember this time last year the Sabres were in a similar position. 18-18-4 was their record exactly at this time last year. The surged in the 2nd half and posted a 43-29-10 record to finish the season. 

          Right now the Sabres are 18-19-5… give Ruff to at least the end of the season before we call for his head.

        • ok how about now

        • Roy is still on the market, teams wanted to see how his shoulder was holding before making offers.

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