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February 21, 2012 | 10:30am ET
Roy not listening to rumors
TheFourthPeriod.com

While rumors swirl of Derek Roy's potential availability at the Feb. 27 trade deadline, the Buffalo Sabres forward told the Buffalo News he isn't paying attention.

Although the 28-year-old has struggled this season, collecting only 13 goals and 19 assists for 32 points in 57 games, he wants to remain in Buffalo and does not intend on paying attention to rumors.

"Right now, this is my team," Roy told the News. "I'm not a GM. I have no idea what they're going to do. All I can do is play for my team, play for my linemates, go out every night like it was my first year and play as hard as I can every game."

Roy, who was a dominant player in the past seasons, is aware of the rumors and knows his lack of offense could be to blame as the Sabres hold on to slim playoff hopes, sitting in 14th place of the Eastern Conference, seven points out of the final playoff spot.

"It comes with the territory," Roy said. "When you're supposed to be scoring goals and you're not scoring goals, it's your fault. If you want to be that guy in the spotlight ... that's your job. It's fun to be in that position when things go right, but it's not fun to be in that position when you lose games. I like being the go-to guy."

While the Sabres have yet to discuss with Roy about the possibility he could be dealt, the team could use him to reload for next season as his $4 million cap hit makes him interesting trade bait for clubs looking for a boost up front.

Roy has disputed his reputation as a selfish player who butted heads with coach Lindy Ruff about his defense and reluctance to put team victories over individual achievement, and maintains he wants to remain a Sabre.

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