In case you haven't heard, Derek Roy was sidelined indefinitely with a torn left quadricep tendon on December 23rd, leaving a gaping hole in the Buffalo Sabres offense. Roy leads the team in scoring by miles with 35 points in 35 games (second place is Thomas Vanek on 27 points), and was one of the most consistently lethal players on the Sabres roster night in and night out.
The Sabres are now in a world of hurt. They currently sit 9 points out of the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference with only 36 points, good enough for 12th place. Many people had already completely written them off before the injury to Roy, and many more have done so since then. Most believe they will sell off their assets at the trade deadline and go into full rebuild mode just a single season removed from winning their division. If the Sabres wish to make an attempt to salvage their season, they need to start looking to make a deal, and fast. They've got to find someone who can fill this gap in their scoring: whether by a young hotshot or by a seasoned vet with a proven scoring touch. Here is my list of 10 potential replacements for Derek Roy.