Injured center Derek Roy spoke to the media this morning for the first time since suffering his torn quad tendon Dec. 23 against Florida. Roy, who limped into the interview room and was walking with a cane, said surgery on the tendon went well and he's embarking on minor rehab work. The timetable remains 4-6 months although Roy refused to completely rule himself out if the Sabres made a deep run into the playoffs. Of course, the Sabres have a lot of work to do to ever get to that point.
Roy was injured when he was run into the boards by Florida's Dmitry Kulikov. His leg took blunt trauma as he slid into the boards.
"I felt a sharp pain and started skating around and I said, "I might want to get off the ice,' " Roy recalled. "Once I started walking on it, it's a little different putting pressure on it. I came to the room and they couldn't figure out what was going on and spotted the tendon was gone."
"It's tough because you spend all summer getting ready for the season and 35 games into the season, you're out for the rest of it," Roy said. "... You run in the boards a lot and nothing happens. And all of a sudden that one time and you're out for the season. It's definitely tough."
The Sabres are back on the HSBC Arena ice for their first practice here since Dec. 22, prior to the World Junior Championships. Mike Weber, injured in San Jose, skated on his own before practice and we'll wait for an update from Lindy Ruff on his status.
(Post-practice update: Ruff said Weber is day-to-day and has not been ruled out for Tuesday's game against Philadelphia. Kaleta remains on the shelf.)
Click below for the complete audio of Roy's session with reporters.