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Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier talked this afternoon about the trade of longtime forward Derek Roy.

Sabres trade Derek Roy to Dallas Stars for Steve Ott, Adam Pardy

The remake of the Buffalo Sabres picked up major momentum this evening when the team traded center Derek Roy to the Dallas Stars for forward Steve Ott and defenseman Adam Pardy.

Roy was the Sabres' perennial points leader until suffering a season-ending injury halfway through the 2010-11 season and sustaining a down year last season. The Sabres' second-round pick in 2001 played 549 games for Buffalo, recording 161 goals and 427 points.

The Sabres stated they wanted to add competitiveness to their lineup, and Ott brings that. The gritty 6-foot-, 190-pounder had 11 goals, 39 points and 156 penalty minutes in 74 games with Dallas last season. Dallas' first-round pick in the 2000 draft played 566 career games with the Stars, totaling 220 points and 1,170 penalty minutes.

Pardy is entering his fifth NHL season. The 6-4, 220-pounder spent three seasons with the Calgary Flames before joining the Stars in 2011-12. He has recorded 29 points (4+25) and 157 penalty minutes in 183 career games. The Sabres already had eight defensemen under contract for next season before acquiring Pardy.

---John Vogl

Sabres go big, sign 6-foot-8 enforcer John Scott to one-year deal

The days of the hockey enforcer are dwindling. They aren’t dead yet, though. The Buffalo Sabres proved that Sunday night.

The Sabres added a mountain of a man to the organization on the opening day of free agency, signing 6-foot-8, 270-pound forward John Scott to a one-year deal worth $600,000. Scott, who has also played defense, has 22 fights in his 146 NHL games.

“John's size and toughness make him a difficult player to battle against,” Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier said. “His physical play will be a valuable addition to our team.”

The Sabres need for toughness was exposed last season with the Milan Lucic-Ryan Miller debacle. No one stood up the goaltender after Boston’s hulking forward ran him over. Scott has shown he’ll take on all comers. He had five fights last season while splitting the year with Chicago and the New York Rangers, including tilts with noted pugilists Deryk Engelland and Cam Janssen.

Scott has just one goal and five points in his four-year career. The 29-year-old from Edmonton started his career with the Minnesota Wild.

---John Vogl

Sabres interested in Ryan

The Sabres are still interested in making a deal for Bobby Ryan and were trying to put together an offer that would satisify both sides. A source close to Ryan confirmed to me today that Philadelphia also is interested and would be the more likely landing area for the Ducks' winger.

Ryan, 25, had 31 goals and 57 points after a miserable start amid trade rumors in Anaheim. Ryan would give the Sabres another scoring winger, and they certainly could use the injection of offense after struggling last season. He has three years remaining on his five-year deal worth $25.5 million.

The Ducks were reportedly speaking to many teams, including the Sabres, last season before keeping the winger. The source said talks have resumed with several teams on a list that includes Buffalo. Anaheim is looking for the highest bidder, but it could be down to the two teams.

Any deal with Buffalo would likely include Derek Roy, whom the Sabres have been shopping for the past two summers. Ryan doesn't have reservations about coming to Buffalo other than its need for a true playmaker. That would make Philly a better fit at this point.

The Flyers unloaded James van Riemsdyk in the trade with Toronto, leaving them in search of a bigger winger. Ryan played his youth hockey in South Jersey, just outside Philly. Ryan has grown comfortable in the West Coast but has made it clear he no longer wants to remain in the organization.

--- Bucky Gleason 

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