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Derek Roy returns to First Niagara Center

by Amy Moritz

When the St. Louis Blues come to town Tuesday, it will be the first time Derek Roy will be playing in First Niagara Center since the Buffalo Sabres traded him to Dallas for Steve Ott on July 2, 2012.

It's been an interesting season for Roy, who signed as a free agent by St. Louis over the summer. He started with a bang netting six points in his first five games. Then he struggled, scoring just twice over the next 11 games.

He was moved from center to wing and down to the fourth line, though the move may have helped as he had a three-point night Nov. 14 against Colorado.

He told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that he is still adjusting to the move to left wing.

"It’s tough when you get pucks to the wall, when you’re not used to getting them,” Roy said. “Guys are barreling on you and coming with speed. Those little things, I’ve just got to get better at. It takes a while, but there’s no excuse. I’ve got to play better.”

Roy, who was drafted in the second round by Buffalo in 2001, played seven seasn with the Sabres. HI sbest sason was 2007-08 when he had 81 points (32 goals, 49 assists). In his final season in Buffalo, 2011-12, he scored just 17 goals (27 assists, 44 points).

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John Vogl

John Vogl has been covering the Sabres since 2002-03, an era that has included playoff runs, last-place finishes and three ownership changes. The award-winning writer is the Buffalo chapter chairman for the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association.

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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