Roy brushes aside trade rumors

Derek Roy has enough issues. The Buffalo Sabres’ center has a balky shoulder that will likely keep him out of the lineup tonight in Toronto for the second straight game, he’s on pace for his worst offensive season in six years and he’s getting plenty of blame from fans for the team’s continued struggles.

Now there’s this: Roy is the hottest name in the rumor mill if the Sabres make a trade.There are all kinds of rumors out there, most of them from little-known websites lacking much credibility.

But it’s quite a bit different when your name gets mentioned on “Hockey Night in Canada.”

Roy getting dangled was the word on Saturday night’s telecast from longtime HNIC reporter Elliotte Friedman and again in his weekly “30 Thoughts” column posted Monday on the network’s website.

“It’s fine. It’s whatever people say,” Roy said. “You can’t worry about it and do anything about it. You have to go out and play your game. Everyone here is trying to do their job, whether it’s stopping the puck, playing defense and scoring goals. We all have to do our part.

“[Sabres management] pieced together a puzzle where they thought everybody was going to do their job and play hard and that’s what we’ve got to do. We’ve got to piece this puzzle together and work with each other.”

The Anaheim Ducks are believed to have looked at both Roy and Drew Stafford when General Manager Bob Murray was in town in late November. Roy’s name is getting more attention lately because his contract has only one more year to run at a salary of $5.5 million but a reasonable cap hit of just $4 million.

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