Derek Roy isn’t the type of player that you build your franchise around, but he will produce a fair amount of points for your team and help lead some offensive plays.
Unfortunately for the Buffalo Sabres, Derek Roy constitutes a large part of their offense, and the Buffalo Sabres chose Christmas Eve to announce the best offensive player for the struggling team this year will miss the rest of the regular season – requiring surgery to repair a torn left quadriceps tendon.
For a team struggling to find its way into the top eight, this could be a blow that keeps them out of the playoffs this year. It also gives a guy like Luke Adam from the Portland Pirates a chance at a nightly spot on the roster instead of playing the AHL shuffle between Portland and Buffalo.
The Buffalo Sabres currently sit at 12th in the Eastern Conference, with only the traditionally horrible Toronto Maple Leafs and New York Islanders, as well as the anemic New Jersey Devils beneath them.
What this gives is another excuse to keep Lindy Ruff and Darcy Regier together and in charge of this organization under the same motto or business structure. Poor start? Ryan Miller and Rob Niedermayer were hampered by injuries that prevented them from starting the season at 100%. Tim Connolly was struck by multiple injuries that prevented him from being game ready from the start of the season (lets hope that doesn’t lead to an extension for that poor excuse for a hockey forward). Couldn’t crawl out of the doldrums post-holidays because the team lost Derek Roy. Its just another microcosm of excuses that builds to the paragon of what the Buffalo Sabres are, enshrined with the Buffalo Bills as a team of Lovable Losers.