‘Roy was surprised at the length of the deal, which extends three seasons into what would have been his unrestricted free agency. Roy and agent Larry Kelly requested a five-year contract, but the Sabres responded Thursday night with a six-year proposal. The Sabres then increased the money Friday morning. Roy was hooked.’
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'The Sabres hope Roy, just 24 years old, can take the next step and become a top-line player following the free-agent losses of Daniel Briere and Chris Drury. Buffalo did manage to re-sign leading goal scorer Thomas Vanek earlier this summer.'
‘The native of Ottawa, Ontario, tied his career high with four points (1+3) against Montreal on March 2, and collected 11 points (4+7) in a career-best six-game point streak from Feb. 17-Mar. 2. Roy also had seven points (2+5) in Buffalo’s 16 postseason contests.’
'The length of the contract is a major departure for the Sabres, who previously were against signing players to deals beyond four years. The Sabres philosophy is changing after they were unable to retain Drury and Briere.'
‘Last July, the 24-year-old center agreed to the Sabres’ qualifying offer that earned him $627,000 last season.’
‘The Buffalo Sabres have avoided salary arbitration with Derek Roy, re-signing the forward to a US$24-million, six-year deal.’
'Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have agreed to terms on a six-year deal with restricted free agent center Derek Roy. Sources say the deal is worth $24 million.'
‘”Derek is a solid young player who will only continue to improve,” Buffalo general manager Darcy Regier said. “He will play an increased role for our club, and we look forward to having such a quality player in our organization for many years to come.”‘
‘His arbitration hearing was scheduled for Friday in Toronto. Roy will earn an average of $4 million per season, a huge raise over the $627,000 he made last season.’
'“We weren’t totally surprised because we knew what they were doing and that his agent was working hard to get an offer sheet,” Regier said. “But it was still a bit surprising and definitely disappointing when they actually did it. We were vulnerable and while this is definitely an option under this financial landscape, it makes it hard to operate now in the short-term. This will definitely prevent us from maybe doing some things we wanted to do right now, but we’re not going to hesitate to improve our team if need be, during the season.”'