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Trade: Buffalo sends Roy to Dallas for Ott, Pardy

Jul 2, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

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The Buffalo Sabres and Dallas Stars made a big splash on Monday, spicing up an otherwise uneventful second day of free agency.

The Sabres sent former 81-point man Derek Roy to the Stars in exchange for agitator extraordinaire Steve Ott and depth defenseman Adam Pardy.

Roy, 29, is the centerpiece of the deal. The diminutive center has an enticing skill set and was nearly a point-a-game player from 2007-11 (255 points in 275 games), though he did fall on hard times last year, scoring just 44 points in 80 games.

He’ll fit nicely into the Stars lineup, replacing the recently-traded Mike Ribeiro as one of Dallas’ top two centers. He’ll also help out an anemic power play that finished dead last (13.5 percent) in the NHL — despite his poor campaign last year, Roy still finished third among all Sabres in power play goals.

As for Ott, he fits in nicely with what the Sabres are trying to do this offseason: Add more snarl.

The Sabres signed 6-foot-8 leviathan John Scott yesterday — he promptly promised “a different outcome” should anybody bowl over Ryan Miller next season — and while Ott lacks Scott’s towering presence, he’s a nasty piece of business in his own right. “The Rat” is one of the league’s most annoying and relentless pests, one that’s not afraid to drop the mitts (he’s fought 27 times over the last three seasons.)

Pardy, 28, is a physical, stay-at-home defenseman that’s been sidelined by shoulder and rib injuries over the last two seasons. At 6-foot-4, 220 pounds, he could work his way into Buffalo’s bottom pair solely on his ability to lay the body.

Of note, the deal puts Ott on the same team as Patrick Kaleta, regarded as an equal (if not superior) crap disturber. The Sabres will be a tougher team to play against next season.

  1. rycoem - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:31 PM

    Sabres are getting a much better mix of talent, size and backbone…can’t wait for each of the Bruins games

    • rycoem - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      Meant to say they are adding a nice mix of size and backbone to the existing talent…now get a true goal scorer and let’s play some hockey

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:06 AM

      i like Ott, and buffalo good job getting hodgson but you shoulda kept gragnani, good draft as well. just dont fall apart this year.

  2. lunchboxray - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    The Sabers D just got a lot more annoying while adding very little skill. I was kinda hoping Roy would wind up on the Hawks. It would have taken some weird Twilight Zone-esque twist of fate for him to have landed in Chicago (Kane isn’t going anywhere) but it would’ve been nice.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:59 PM

      He still might end up on the Hawks, he is a free agent next year and Buffalo was never going to re-sign him, which is why the Sabres are making out like bandits on this deal.

  3. lesbuckets - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:37 PM

    This trade absolutely reeks of “Trade for the sake of trading!” The Sabres lost in this deal, and of this I have zero doubt!

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

      You do realize Darcy Regier has never done that, and never will, right?

  4. blueblood86 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM

    Dallas win
    They wanted ott out and they did with getting a top 6 forward.

    • lesbuckets - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Huge Dallas win! Roy should be completely healed from his knee injury this year and will return to form, Stars would be wise to try and lock him up! By the 20 game mark, the Sabres look like idiots for moving Roy, no doubt!

      • polegojim - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

        Bout time Dallas did something right!!! Glad for the Stars!

        Been a long run of bad decisions NHL, NFL…

      • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:12 PM

        Roy is on the level of Patrick Kane, Alex Semin, Phil Kessel as a defensive liability. Complete useless without the puck.

        The Stars got jobbed

      • eyecorporations - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:19 PM

        You mean his knee injury that he came back from over a year ago? If you think you’re getting something other than the Roy that played last year you’re delusional.

    • rycoem - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      If you’re talking about the current Derek Roy, he’s no Top 6 forward…regardless of how he does in Dallas, his play, bad attitude, lack of size, lack of points, etc all pointed to it being time for him to leave Buffalo

      • lesbuckets - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:25 PM

        It’s amazing to me how fans sour on talented players. Roy was the best player the Sabres had 2 years ago before he hurt his knee down the stretch and hasn’t been completely healthy since. Well, until the Sabres stretch run last year, where he was second in scoring the last month of the season. And he led the team in game winners the last month also, when every sabres fan was getting all giddy about coming back from the depths of crap to almost making the playoffs. The point when all Sabres fans were clapping like seals and giggling like school girls. The season ends… somebody looks at his scoring for the season, and start screaming for his head when he defends the teams efforts when the Head Coach rips them to the media. All of a sudden, a once promising career turns to… something resembling a bon-fire with a big ole’ stake sticking out of it! Unfortanately, I don’t have to pray he does well in Dallas, because he will get healthy, he will come back to form, and he will make the Stars a better team. And we as Sabres fans can put to rest this little debate. We just traded a 2nd line Center for a grinder and a D-man who will hopefully help Rochester chase the calder cup. Good Luck… Derek Roy, I hope the Stars fans appreciate you more then Buffalo has!

  5. broadstbully33 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Wow sabres traded their best bargaining chip in any deal for a 4 line tough guy and number 5 d man….sad day in buffalo.I’m a philly fan living in buffalo

    • imacdane - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:56 PM

      Try a #7 dman, on a Dallas team that was weak on the back end. This article misleads people to believe that Pardy missed a lot of time due to injury when in reality he just couldn’t crack the lineup because he is terrible. Also, he never uses that size of his, as he was easily one of the least physical defenseman on the team last year. I’m stars fan so unfortunately I had to suffer through his awful play. This trade is much better for Dallas because he is going the other way.

    • roosteroo7hotmail - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      Being a Kings fan,when the Stars come to town,Steve Ott made the games great…really! Always a pain in the ass to play against. A fan favorite to hate.

      Gonna miss him…..good luck in Buffalo

  6. donfocker89 - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:48 PM

    Dont let the stats fool you people. Ask anyone in Buffalo. We would have traded Roy for a bag of pucks. There’s a reason we only got a 4th line Center and 5 d man. There wasn’t a lot out there for Roy. And theres a reason for that.

    • lesbuckets - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:55 PM

      I couldn’t agree less!

  7. 81rebel - Jul 2, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Ehh, It’s only the Buffalo Sabres, they’ll always be irrelevant anyways .

    • airplayful - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:44 AM

      Can you relate?

  8. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    The Sabres took the Stars to the woodshed. Roy is oh so bad defensively, a shell of his former self. I’m willing to bet there were a few teams that wouldn’t trade a 4th round pick for Roy. And Ott is exactly what they need.

  9. buffalomafia - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Hey Pegula I thought you wanted to win a Stanely Cup?

    You still kept the coach & GM! Hmmmm!

    You traded mediocrity for mediocrity!

    Where is the big center we need?

    • elemeno89 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:24 PM


  10. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Something tells me dominoes have started to fall in Buffalo ala Philly last summer…….

  11. twinwildflyer - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:32 PM

    Ott is better than people think. He’s capable of putting up 20 goals…wouldn’t do it consistently but he’s still a solid player

  12. rabidbillsfan - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Stats are for superstars. By that I mean, Roy was on a point per game tear before injuring his Knee, buffalo was also last place in the East. Roy is not the type of player that should be the focal point of an offense, he has lapses of bad decesion making and seems to turn other guys off with his attitude. His ice time will go to someone more deserving like Adam, Corey Tropp, or extra minutes for Hodgson and Ennis. Buffalo hasn’t made a splashy move yet, but they are making solid descisions. The extra D man could be a sign that Weber or Sekera are on their way out. I think Ott can slide in with Gerbe and give him his body guy back like he had with Goose. Either way, this team will look way diffrent, and i think with the subtraction of Roy alone, this team will have a great chance this season.

  13. kgun80 - Jul 2, 2012 at 7:42 PM

    Bye bye Derek Roy.. First off he is sooo overrated … Scoring in garbage time disappearing in the clutch. Check the stats the Sabres have won more without Roy in the line-up that’s a fact! Hodgson will be a much better center in the long run.

  14. buffalo65 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:24 PM

    Not the last move. Ott isn’t a 4th line guy, will play 2nd/3rd line effectively. Sabres will add a talent piece and they have a scary goon now too.
    Cup one year later than we thought.

  15. ajsjr40 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Can’t wait to see Lucic put a beat down on John Scott. At six foot eight he will hit the ice hard when he falls.

  16. marksman716 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    @lesbuckets, please dont call yourself a sabres fan, you make the rest of us look like idiots. Roy being shipped out is the BEST possible move the sabres could’ve made…and to get ANYTHING in return is a miracle. Roy is terrible…he is worse than worthless…he is a cancer on the team dragging everyone else down…his departure makes me happier than any other possible free agent addition

  17. buffalo65 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:51 PM

    Lucic will be invisible against buffalo next year.

  18. buffalo65 - Jul 2, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Marksman…he wasn’t that bad, but a deal that had to be made.
    I see a slight groin pull in Lucic’s future just before they play Buffalo….(coward)

  19. billsin20xx - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    Roy is another one leaving because Ruff can’t figure out how to use people who can play offense.
    But don’t worry, Ruff only has another 10 years or so left on his contract I am sure we will make the playoffs at least one more time in that span.

  20. schuckme - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    pshhh, laceny of a coup for dallas.. sabres, you done got roybbed..

  21. buffalo65 - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    Always laugh when people cut up Ruff. Has done more with less than any coach out there. Don’t know what u got till he’s gone.

    • billsin20xx - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:59 PM

      Exactly what has he done? They made the playoffs once in 10 years. He has taken every goal scorer they ever had and turned them into non-scorers. He’s alienated most of the players. He’s overused every goalie he’s had.
      He is a legend because each year he gets the players to play well in Feb-Mar and make it interesting as they compete for the 8th playoff spot.

      • elemeno89 - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:55 AM

        Surly you can be serious when you say they made the cup once in ten years. Because i remember going to the conference finals two years in a row some five six years ago… Goalie overuse? He’s really only had two major goalies, hasek and miller. Wouldn’t you use them if you had them? Alienating players? What are talking about. You sound like a buffalo fan who is screaming for a change just to do it. It takes more than an offseason to build a winning franchise, and just because the is an owner who wants to spend money, doesn’t mean we should trade / take one players who really have no business being in buffalo. Think about what you say before you say it, because you’re making the fans and the franchise look bad.

        Band wagon fan.

      • rabidbillsfan - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:01 AM


        Yea, you’re way off base bud. Do you remember the Presidents Trophy winning team in ’06? The Northeast Winning team in ’09? And you know what else is crazy? They made the Playoffs the VERY next year! Buffalo isn’t a superstar team. Crosby, Ovechkin, or Malkin would not fit in well with what Buffalo does. I say it all the time, whether it’s by accident, or gameplanned, Buffalo always has one hot line. When guys like Stamkos, Crosby, Malkin, Ovechkin aren’t scoring, their teams are usually losing, when Vanek’s line cooled off in late Feb., Ennis and Stafford put together one of the most impressive run’s I have seen since ’07. Sometimes it bites us hard, but I think it is a very effective strategy. They need a better defensive presence, and I think that would take care of alot of things and make this team super-competetive. Either way, you’re wrong about Ruff, the players, and the City in general. Go join “Billsmafia” for a drink or something, you guy’s should have plenty of stupidity to share with each other.

  22. capesouth - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    Northeast division getting a lot tougher. Bruins really the only team with noticeable toughness the past couple years in this division. Montreal and Buffalo trying to match up with that because the Bs core isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon. Going to make for some great games. Kaleta and Ott alone make Buffalo games against the Bs worth watching…nevermind the addition of Scott. Sending a clear message about how they want to handle themselves. Toughness equals wins in this division.

  23. buffalo65 - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Once in ten years?….get a clue, then come back.

    • thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 2, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      Beat me to it.

  24. chrisr9040 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:39 AM

    All you need to know about Roy is a story that’s been making the rounds passed down by the radio station up here. Story goes that Roy was involved in a scrum in the corner after a whistle. Some pushing and shoving breaks out and a teammate of his overhears Roy tell the opposing player, “Hey lay off, it’s just a game, calm down.”

    That’s the epitome of why Roy won’t be missed. He’s soft, he’s selfish, and he has no compete. Stars fans will see why up in Buffalo we see Derek Roy and think of the Tin Man…if only he had heart.

    • chrisr9040 - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:48 AM

      Two years ago, the Sabres started the season horribly, and by December they were hovering around the basement of the league. Derek Roy, at a point per game pace, was the team’s only bright spot. He goes down with a torn quad tendon, and an unnamed player on the team tells the Sabres beat reporter to watch and see…now that Roy’s out, the Sabres are going to make a run.

      The player-turned-prophet is proven right as the Sabres, minus their leading scorer, go from lottery pick to playoff spot and finish the season as one of the NHL’s hottest clubs.

      With Roy in the lineup that year 14-17-4, without, 29-12-6.

      Welcome to Buffalo Otter, Roy won’t be missed.

  25. paledevil - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:23 AM

    I am an impartial observer before the trade..Thought the team was extremely talented but did not mesh well with one guy.. Roy . Now that he is gone and they signed the 2 tough guys i know and love i am a serious Sabers fan . I can see them at 110 points…

  26. marksman716 - Jul 3, 2012 at 6:23 AM

    @chrisr9040, thank you…those are my two favorite points about Roy…my frustrations with #9 are finally over, not to mentioned getting a hard-nosed enforcer for him…the Sabres ARE a better team…lets go Buff-a-lo!

  27. broadstbully33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 7:50 AM

    110 points? are you serious? Buffalo wont make play offs and wont break 85 points…dream big tho buddy

    • theonlyrealnyteam - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

      don’t you have some D batteries to throw or vomit to hurl on some innocent person? Stay classy Philly…

    • theawesomersfranchise - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Yaaaa not 110, but I think they can make the playoffs

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