Darcy Regier

Sabres GM Regier on pushing injured players to play: “It’s not the reality”


After learning Derek Roy would be out ’til November following shoulder surgery, Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier answered questions on Wednesday about how much his club knew of Roy’s injury — and what Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk knew about it.

The answer? Everything was up front.

“He played with it last year and he could have played with it again this year,” Regier told the Buffalo News. “It was a decision by the Dallas Stars. It’s as simple as that.

“I spoke to Joe before when we went through all the medical records prior to when we made the trade. [Roy] was rehabbing, he played with the shoulder last year and he would have played going forward.”

Regier called Roy’s surgery “elective” and that he’s “very confident in the decision by our medical staff.”

That led to questions about Buffalo’s reputation for rushing players back from injuries, and pushing injured players to play through their ailments.

More, from Mike Harrington:

Regier bristled when asked if Roy’s surgery is a sign the Sabres have a pattern of pushing injured players to keep playing. It’s widely agreed that Ryan Miller came back too early from his concussion last year and that Thomas Vanek pushed through injuries to his shoulder and chest – and then admitted on his personal blog in mid-April that he also had a bad ankle sprain.

“It could be the perception,” Regier said. “But it’s not the reality and I’m very comfortable with our position.”

Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff noted Roy finished the year strong (17 points in the final 26 games) and didn’t think the shoulder limited his play down the stretch.

“I was surprised first of all, from the exit physicals and where he finished,” Ruff said. “In Derek’s case, we got him through the year, we thought he would be good to go on.”

WATCH LIVE: Lightning at Red Wings

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Mike Babcock’s reign with the Detroit Red Wings ended in another first-round defeat, yet it may be lost in time just how close that series was.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Lightning shut down the Red Wings to win Game 7 at home, but Ben Bishop deserves a ton of the credit. The Red Wings snagged the puck for much of the contest, just not enough to beat the big goalie.

While change is in the air in Detroit, the Bolts are largely the same squad that generated a nice showing in the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We’ll get to see if the Red Wings gain a measure of revenge on NBCSN tonight, with home-ice advantage this time around.


After healthy scratch, Severson vows to play ‘next 80 games’

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Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.

It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.

“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”

Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.

Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.

Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.

“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”