End of Season Report Card: Derek Roy and Tim Connolly

Derek Roy – Season Stats 80 GP 26 G 43A 69PTS 48 PIM

Theres no time for but the future for Derek Roy and the Buffalo Sabres.  He fits the model for the typical Sabres forward, smallish and skilled, but he doesn’t fit the system.  You can probably count on your hand the number of times that people talk about Roy’s play and how it fits in with Ruff’s way of doing things.  More times do we see practice footage of the coach belittling the player trying to get him to do the right thing.  A consistent leader when it comes to points, it could be scary how good Roy could be if he would stop whining for long enough and play the way the coach’s want him to play.  The Sabres resigned Roy to a steal of a deal, and should be using that as their leverage as they package Roy out of town.  Despite getting a B for his play this year, which would have been higher had he shown up in the playoffs. I am tired of asking where is Roy; or wow, what a Dive – or Roy shut up and take the penalty like the little boy man you are supposed to be. 

Tim Connolly - Season Stats 73GP 17G 48A 65P 28 PIM

The same thing I just wrote about Derek Roy can be said about Tim Connolly.  Where were you when the Sabres needed you most? Oh, thats right INJURED – AGAIN.  I know it was a steal when we got Timmy Connolly from the New York Islanders.  When the Sabres got rid of Michael Peca they got Tayler Pyatt and Tim Connolly.  Not a bad trade from the start.  But injuries plagued the guy, and I have to agree with local Buffalo media types – the injuries have worn down this man’s will to play the game.  The Sabres might be stuck with the rest of this salary, because no one will want the liability of such a contract on a breakable player.  Grade - D.  You failed us Tim, you have such talent, yet you played down to such a low level.

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