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.