After eight years, Derek Roy is done in Buffalo
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It was getting awfully boring.
While the world was waiting and praying for a decision from Zach Parise on yet another uneventful day in the world of NHL free agency, the Sabres and Dallas Stars decided to shake things up.
Buffalo sent oft-scrutinized center Derek Roy packing to “Big D” in exchange for gritty center Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy.
“We needed to move the balance of skill versus the physical nature of our game, being a tougher team to play against,” said Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier.
Roy, a former 81-point scorer, seemingly fell out of favor with the organization throughout the season. Especially after his comments about Lindy Ruff after the season.
Buffalo continues their physical makeover to became a grittier team. Far too often last season the Sabres found themselves the victim of “bullying” by the bigger teams. With the acquisition of Ott, they hope to but an end to the situation.
And while Ott’s acquisition is mainly to add snarl to the team, don’t think he can’t contribute offensively. Ott had a 39 points last season, including a career-high 28 assists.
The other part of the trade, 5th year player Adam Pardy is a depth defensemen who Regier believes can play in the NHL. It leaves the Sabres with nine potential NHL defensemen which leaves most venturing to guess that another trade is coming.
Regier did say another trade seems “more likely”.