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Three teams later, Roy shuffles back to Buffalo with Blues

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Derek Roy hopes his career finds a new high note in St. Louis.

By Mike Harrington

It's been more than 15 months since the Sabres traded Derek Roy, after he spent the first eight years of his NHL career with them. He returns tonight for the first time -- and, amazingly enough, Buffalo is three teams ago for the 30-year-old.

Roy signed a one-year, $4 million contract with the St. Louis Blues over the summer and will center the Blues' third line, between veteran Brenden Morrow and journeyman Adam Cracknell against the Sabres tonight in First Niagara Center. The Sabres traded Roy to Dallas for Steve Ott and Adam Pardy, and the Stars then sent Roy to Vancouver at the trade deadline in April.

Speaking to reporters today after the Blues' pregame skate, Roy said it took a while for him to overcome the disappointment of leaving Buffalo. In a meeting in June, 2012, Roy said he told former Sabres general manager Darcy Regier (doesn't that sound weird?) he wanted to stay. 

"I had some unfinished business here, winning a Stanley Cup or at least making a good playoff run," Roy said. "I thought we had a great team but then a couple weeks later I got traded. It was tough. I wanted to stay here. I had a lot of good friends on the team and around the city. It was a great place to play and a great place to live.

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Stars put Roy on IR even as they ponder new deal

By Mike Harrington

Old friend Derek Roy is coming off shoulder surgery but was playing nearly 20 minutes a game for the Dallas Stars before being put on injured reserve by the Stars Monday night due to a groin problem. Roy had just two assists in the four games but the Stars still think he can be part of their core.

In fact, GM Joe Nieuwendyk says the team is likely looking at trying to get Roy to sign an extension; he's in the final year of his six-year, $24 million deal he signed with the Sabres in 2007.

Roy went on IR to make room for Jamie Benn, who moved from RFA status to signing a five-year, $26.25 million deal. 

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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

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has been covering the Buffalo Sabres since 2007. He is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and can vouch that exposed flesh freezes instantly when walking in downtown Winnipeg in January.

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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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