Derek Roy to Miss 4-6 Months
In 35 games this season Roy had scored 10 goals to go with 25 assists for a team-best 35 points, leading Thomas Vanek, the team's No. 2 scorer, by 10 points.
Roy left Thursday's game, a 4-3 loss to the Florida Panthers, after recording just 1:54 of ice time. The injury occurred when he was hit by Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov early in the first period.
Originally drafted in the second round by the Sabres back in 2001, Roy has spent his entire career with the Sabres and has developed into a steady 70-point performer, while also scoring at least 20 goals in each of the past four seasons. Along with being Buffalo's top offensive threat, he's also used on its penalty killing unit averaging over one minute of shorthanded ice time per game.
The Sabres enter the holiday weekend with a 14-17-4 record, eight points out of what would be the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Now that Roy looks to be done for the remainder of the season, their playoff hopes have obviously taken a hit.