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Derek Roy wasn’t a big fan of how Lindy Ruff addressed players after the season

Apr 10, 2012, 8:37 AM EDT

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When the NHL season came to an end, Sabres coach Lindy Ruff took his season’s worth of frustrations out on some of his players through the media. As you might expect, doing things that way didn’t exactly sit right with some of the guys in the room and, most pointedly, centerman Derek Roy took issue with his coach.

As the teams cleared out their lockers for the summer, Roy told John Vogl of The Buffalo News his thoughts on Ruff’s media outburst about his team.

“To be pointing fingers now is obviously tough,” said center Derek Roy in response to Ruff saying over the weekend the core didn’t get it done. “Behind closed doors, I think it’s fine. You can be hard. It’s not fun, but it’s good to be hard on your players behind closed doors, on the bench to get them pumped up. I’m not a coach, but I don’t think it’s the right thing to be saying it to the media.”

Airing your dirty laundry in public never goes over well and with how fragile the Sabres’ psyche was at times this year, it’s no surprise that someone took exception to this. For Roy, however, sounding off against Ruff might be his not-so-subtle way of nudging GM Darcy Regier to move him this summer.

  1. tampabayirish - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:51 AM

    Derek Roy=chronic underachiever. Trade him.

    • travishenryskid - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:37 AM

      Maybe you don’t know what “chronic” means. He’s had one bad season.

      On the other hand, Lindy Ruff has been head coach of a team that has made it beyond the first round twice in ten years, and missed the playoffs altogether 6 times in that same time span. Who should we really be pointing the finger at? No other pro franchise gives this kind of job security to a coach with that kind of record.

      • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:35 PM

        My best guess is they’re both gone.

  2. mehetmet - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Had a bad year coming off of an ACL injury. That’s not surprising. He will bounce back next year, he is definately not the player they should be moving.

    They should be REmoving the coach imo.

    • millertime30 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      Except for how it was his quad, not his ACL, and returned in the playoffs LAST year.
      He was healthy enough to play hockey 6 months before the 2012 regular season started, then had the entire offseason to continue strengthening his injured leg.

      trying to blame this season on that particular injury seems too easy. I think it’s time for Mr. Roy to go.

      team also needs to get larger at forward, and he certainly doesn’t help there.

    • darenpuppa31 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:09 AM

      If he spent more time working hard to rehab his quad during last offseason, instead of working on spreading STDs around Chippewa, he would have been fine. Look at Malkin, he rehabbed from much worse.

      • travishenryskid - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:44 AM

        Because Malkin and Roy were on the same level to begin with, right? A better comparison would be to look at Bergeron coming off an injury shortened year. He was brutal. Two years later he was good again. Different people recover at different paces. Any doctor or physical therapist would tell you this.

      • darenpuppa31 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:52 AM

        Obviously, no, they are not on the same talent level. But Roy is known for a lack of committment to his hockey career, and all you heard last offseason was how hard Malkin was working to recover from an inarguably worse injury.

        And comparing Roy’s quad injury to Bergeron’s mulitple concussions received that year is not comparable at all. Unless you are referring to another Bergeron injury that I am not thing of?

  3. millertime30 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I don’t think Darcy needed to be nudged all that hard.
    He already tried to move Roy at the deadline, but couldn’t find any takers.
    My guess is Derek is moved at/around the draft, a la Regehr/Butler trade this past offseason.

    • travishenryskid - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

      Another Paul Hamilton grudge rumor. You do realize virtually all players are discussed? If he really felt trading Roy was a must, he would have done it.

      • millertime30 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:14 AM

        did i say he felt that it was a must?
        perhaps i should clarify. Darcy was very open to moving Roy at the deadline (you’re right about ONE thing, most players are discussed) but he wasn’t simply trying to get rid of him at all costs. aka a 3rd and a 5th weren’t going to cut it, scoring players bring back more of a return than that.

        But to call it a grudge rumor is irresponsible. Darcy acknowledged in an interview the fact that he would have moved Roy, but that almost all of the interest he received was for Paul Gaustad (Who i’d trade for a first round pick 10x over again).

      • rabidbillsfan - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        Yes, because giving away a talented player is a good idea. My gripe with Roy has nothing to do with his talent level, he is talented. It’s just that when Roy isn’t the focal point this team plays so much better.

      • millertime30 - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:16 AM

        that is, however, a hilarious commenter alias.

  4. buffalo72 - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:38 AM

    roy is a douche

  5. Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:40 AM

    Word trickling about town at the start of the year was that Roy was a cancer in the locker room. The seasons results are what they are. Who was the first player to open his mouth to the press when season ended? Enough said.

    • travishenryskid - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:50 AM

      Paul Hamilton started this rumor. He has a personal gripe with Roy. If you can find any evidence that it’s true, I’d be happy to hear it. Miller’s reaction to Roys OT goal against Toronto really flys in the face of that theory. Lindy was the first one to fire a shot. Maybe he’s the locker room cancer?

      • darenpuppa31 - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        I don’t think it would have mattered who scored that goal. It was the biggest goal of the season for Buffalo. If there wasn’t a big reaction then that would have been pretty upsetting.

      • travishenryskid - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:02 AM

        There are many examples that fly in the face of that theory. Past teammates being asked that question and completely refuting it is a pretty big one. Andrew Peters basically laughed at the notion and vouched for Roy being a great teammate. Who’s word would you rather take, his former teammates or a guy in the media with a grudge?

      • eyecorporations - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:39 PM

        Trashing a teammate is also a good way to lose a lot of friends. When was the last time you heard a player publicly criticizing a teammate?

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM

        Yeah ask the other players privately. Where was Roy in the last 2 games?

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:42 PM

        I don’t pay attention to the Buffalo media. They are very narrow minded. Talk with the national media to get the real scoop. I personally talk with the players. I’m not a reporter so they open up.

      • Buffalo Grumblings - Apr 11, 2012 at 1:43 PM

        Oh I forgot, Hamilton’s gripe with Roy was over the Twinkies he stole from Roy’s stall at the rink!

    • travishenryskid - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      How many fromer Caps were willing to rip Ovechkin and Semin? Quite a few.

  6. buffalodeb - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:00 AM

    I’m not saying Roy is the best player, yeah, we heard he was the cancer in the locker room.But, for quite awhile there, he looked like Lindy’s favorite guy….maybe he was the only one to have the guts to say they weren’t happy with the way Lindy handles things…Lindy is the one that needs to go…what other team keeps a losing coach..year after year after year!!!

  7. rabidbillsfan - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:12 AM

    No, Roy is the cancer of that team. Perfect example, Offense revolves around Roy, team sucks, offense revolves around Pommer and Vanek, team is good. Enough said. I always thought Lindy and Roy were buddy-buddy, but it was a huge statement when he put Adam with Vanek and Pommer to start the season. It took alot of injuries for Ruff to even think about pairing the 3 back up. It was said last season that when Roy went down, the team will be better. Call it a rumor, but it was true. And TravisHenry, you honestly think Miller wouldn’t have been happy had anyone else scored that goal? I think it was joy on his part so he could just get off the ice. Also, you slam Ruff but you fail to realize that his sucess goes beyond playoff appearances. Presidents trophy, 4 confrence finals appearances, a Stanley cup appearance, and multiple division titles. He also did this while having to endure ownership changes, and the lockout. Injuries killed this season, not poor coaching. This team rolled to start the seaosn, going 10-5, then injuries hit. Sure, if Ruff lays an egg this season it will be time to go, but this team has way to many pieces in place to bring in a whole new system.

    • travishenryskid - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

      That’s funny. Vanek and Pominville carried the offense for the first half of this year and they were in dead last by February. Vanek disappears and they become one of the best teams in the NHL down the stretch.

  8. moose2k - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Get rid of Roy and Ruff, the Sabres need to have a drastic change in the culture. Too much complacency for too little performance.

  9. babar61 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Lindy ruff gets so much love, I don’t get it. He is like the Jeff fisher of the NHL.

  10. pftbillsfan - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    The concern should be that you did something to be called out, not the medium in which it was done. Play better and Ruff won’t have to apply pressure through the media which obviously works if it bothers you.

    • travishenryskid - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM

      He called them out after they were eliminated. He sure picked a funny time to try to motivate them, with one game left and nothing to play for.

      This is a case of a coach trying to deflect blame, which is the ultimate sin in coaching, next to not winning. If this doesn’t show how badly Ruff needs to go, nothing will.

  11. ihatethejets23 - Apr 10, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Regier, Ruff, and Roy should all be elsewhere next season.

  12. buffalomafia - Apr 10, 2012 at 2:01 PM

    Fire Ruff & Darcy! Trade Roy, dump Kaleta! Let Myers be more physical & fight! Get some good players in off season no chumps!

  13. pastabelly - Apr 10, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Soft team.

  14. ralphwilsonisrich - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:56 PM

    Its time to make some good changes to the roster. Hey Terry its not that easy trying to win the cup!

  15. bornthesamedayasthesabres - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:17 PM

    Roy can’t be such a great team mate. When Miller was run over in Boston, where was he? Did he come to his teammates aid? No it was Gaustad who knowingly went to get his ass beat. There is no heart on this team. There seams to be a chemistry issue that starts with being willing to protect each other. ALL the good teams do that, Buffalo does not.
    For the record, Ruff has had to deal with some tightwad owners the past few years (every year before this one). So don’t go blasting the guy because he kept us competitive year after year with little to work with.

    Vanek, on the other hand, is a whole different story.

  16. billsin20xx - Apr 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    WGRZ is reporting MANY of the sabres feel the same way about Ruff (including Vanek) but can’t publicly say it becaue Pegula supports Ruff so strongly. Roy had the gonads to speak up because he knows or is hoping he will be traded.
    It really is time for new management there. How can a team keep Regier/Ruff together after their YEARS of failure together? Exactly what makes Ruff a good coach, name one thing he has done other than the one good year they had.

    • billsin20xx - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      How can people put down thumbs ln this without naming one good thing Ruff/Regier has done over the past 15 years? Why are we rewarding mediocrity????

  17. pftbillsfan - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Two very important points
    1. travishenryskid is the greatest frigen username ever, and thats not sarcasm. Especially since about 142 more people can use it.
    2. Sabres have missed the playoffs 6 of 10 years, just not good enough

  18. leninthebuff - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM

    First off Terry Pegula has to get his head out of his A** and act like an owner and not a fan…Ruff and Regier have done pretty much diddley and yet they are returning for a 16th year…I can’t understand it. Send both Ruff and Roy packing. If one must stay keep Roy as I really think the players have had it with Ruff as have most of the fans.

    This team is small and weak…I asked Ted Black why not sign an enforcer like McGrattan for next year his answer “Perhaps we have the right mix of toughness, grit and skill in a guy like Marcus Foligno, who is only 20.” That’s right Ted, let’s have one of our better players get his head knocked off by Lucic or Thornton and then lose him for 5 mins…Foligno is a tough kid but he shouldn’t be used as our tough guy.

    Roy isn’t the only slug, what about Stafford? What about Myers? I would trade Stafford to LA for Dustin Brown, it was said LA was interested in Stafford at the trade deadline. I would trade Myers to Nashville for Shea Weber. Might take Myers plus a draft pick but Nashville can’t afford both Suter and Weber so they can give Suter Weber’s salary of 7.5 mill and have Myers at Suter’s old salary and nothing changes for them. Imagine Weber and Ehrhoff on the points on a power play plus Weber plays with an edge, something that wuss Myers knows nothing about.

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