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Roy takes 'big step' in first major on-ice session

As we reported earlier, Derek Roy skated on his own for about 25 minutes and shot pucks for the final 10 minutes of that session. He looked surprisingly crisp for a guy just three months out of major surgery for his torn quad tendon. Roy admitted he's not doing turns or stops and starts and doing mostly straight-ahead skating. He said this was actually the fourth time he's skated but was easily the first time he pushed his workout.

"Today it felt a lot better than the first few days where you just move around and see how it feels," Roy told The Buffalo News. "Today I took a big step, started skating hard and got my heart rate up."

Sabres team doctor Les Bisson performed the surgery on Roy and said the center would start to feel better around three months after the injury, which occurred Dec. 23 against Florida. Seems like that call is right on target.

"Doc said at the three-month period, you usually start feeling a little bit better and all of a sudden your leg starts getting bigger and stronger. All of a sudden, things come quicker," Roy said. "That first three months are just that slow process of healing. Once it heals after the three-month period, he said you can do whatever you want basically."

We had only seen Roy a couple times, once as he limped around Terry Pegula's introductory press conference and again as he limped around the ice testing the knee on the team picture day earlier this month.

So let's cut to the chase: Can Roy play this year? Absolutely he can -- in the second round of the playoffs.

"That would be right at the fourth-month period, right where Doc said, the 4-6 months," Roy said. "I'm going with his knowledge on the thing. Obviously, I've never had an injury like this. Four months to play at an NHL level in the playoffs might be stretching it but I'm going to try to push for that."

Hear the complete audio of my chat with Roy below.

Derek Roy

--Mike Harrington


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