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January 10, 2012 | 10:03am ET
Roy tries to ignore trade talks

Sabres center Derek Roy has more on his mind than the fact that he will likely miss a second straight game with an injured shoulder and that he is on pace for his worst offensive season in six years.

While the 28-year-old is getting plenty of blame from fans for the club's 18-18-5 record, he has become the hottest name in the rumor mill if the Sabres decide to make a trade, according to the Buffalo News.

Roy, whose name has been mentioned on several occasions in different trade rumors, has done his best to ignore the chatter and focus on improving his game at the half mark of the season.

"It's fine. It's whatever people say," Roy told the News. "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.

The Anaheim Ducks are rumored to have looked at both Roy and winger Drew Stafford when their GM Bob Murray was in town at the end of November.

Although Sabres GM Darcy Regier has mentioned that a shakeup was not imminent in Buffalo, it has been reported that the GM is holding conversations with his counterparts and that Roy's name has been getting most of the attention since his contract has only one year remaining at an affordable cap hit of just $4 million.

In 40 games this season, Roy has collected eight goals and 16 assists for 24 points this season.

The forward injured his shoulder, but has been skating in a non-contact role during Monday's practice and was able to shoot with no real difficulty. He could return to the lineup for Friday's contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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