Injured Sabres center Derek Roy has just completed a 25-minute solo workout on the ice at HSBC Arena in full uniform (the Sabres are not skating this morning). Roy moved well for much of the session, skating without pucks for the first 15 minutes before heading into a penalty box to get a bucket of pucks and begin some shooting drills.
Roy looked quite a bit better than he did during his few twirls on the ice a couple of weeks ago following the Sabres' annual team picture.
The thought of him playing in the second round of the playoffs -- if the Sabres get that far -- certainly seems like a realistic goal now.
UPDATE: Lindy Ruff said he was unaware Roy had been on the ice when I asked him about the session following today's optional skate.
"I didn't know he was out so that's encouraging," said Ruff, who added he did not know of any change to Roy's timetable, which pegs a possible return as the second round of the playoffs.