Derek Roy stood before his stall in the Sabres' dressing room long after the game ended Sunday afternoon and talked about better days earlier in his career. He could go back to the earliest days of his career and find coaches who pointed toward him as a common denominator for success.

"I was a go-to guy in Kitchener when we won the Memorial Cup my last year," Roy said. "I played in the world juniors. It was a great year. I played in Rochester and was the go-to guy right away. It was fun. ... When we lost Danny [Briere] and [Chris] Drury, I had a good season. I just tried getting better and better."

Check the record, and you'll find accuracy in his account. Roy was a dominant player while climbing the ranks and a good one in the NHL. He had 20 points in eight games in Rochester before he was summoned to the Sabres for good in 2005-06, finishing the year with 15 points in 18 playoff games.