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Quick notes from Darcy: Roy's surgery a choice by Stars, Sabres say no to return of Dom

Yes, Derek Roy had a bum shoulder all last year with the Sabres. Yes, he played through it and would have again had he stayed.

So said GM Darcy Regier this evening in a chat with reporters during the team's Blue-Gold development camp scrimmage. Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk said yesterday that the decision by Roy to have surgery was made after deeper medical tests; Roy had already cleared a physical prior to the teams' trade.

"I'm very confident in the decision by our medical staff," Regier said. "He played with it last year and he could have played with it again this year. It was a decision by the Dallas Stars. It's as simple as that. We were very comfortable with his situation."

In other news:

---Regier acknowledged he joined Lindy Ruff in a couple of meetings with Dominik Hasek about the Sabres' goalie possibly making a return to the NHL but that Buffalo has passed.

"One thing I am sure of: He has no doubt in his mind that he can play," Regier said. "I think it probably gives him a little bit of lift seeing somebody like Brodeur play at 40 in the Stanley Cup final. I know better than to question Dom's desire and his ability. Unfortunately, it's not something that was going to fit here."

---Regier said contract negotiations are continuing with first-round pick Mikhail Grigorenko and that he continues to wait on Phoenix free agent Shane Doan, who is said to still be holding off on accepting offers while he sees if the Coyotes' ownership situation gets settled.

---The Sabres announced the attendance at tonight's scrimmage was 5,073.

---Mike Harrington

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