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NHL notes: Roy targets return

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tim Connolly tries to stick-check the puck away from former Buffalo...

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Tim Connolly tries to stick-check the puck away from former Buffalo Sabres forward Derek Roy (L) (now with the Dallas Stars) during the first period of their NHL hockey game in Toronto December 22, 2011. (Reuters/MIKE CASSESE)

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, Last Updated: 7:13 PM ET

Dallas Stars forward Derek Roy might be ready for the start of the NHL season.

Well, if there's a lockout that delays the season until November.

Roy is targeting a November return after having shoulder surgery this summer. He expects to start skating in late September.

It's getting better," Roy said on the team's website. "Every day I try to get more motion in it and more strength in it. I'm just doing the little things to get it going. It's going to take time, but if you take it one day at a time, it's a little better."

Roy, who was traded to Dallas by the Buffalo Sabres in July, had surgery soon after the deal went down. He believed he could play through it but the Stars wanted to get the problem fixed.

BROOKLYN STILL INTERESTED

How's the Brooklyn Islanders sound?

Almost rolls off the tongue, doesn't it.

Could happen, if Bruce Ratner has his way. The developer of the new Barclays Center in Brooklyn, which is now the home of the NBA's Nets, said last month that he's been "trying like hell" to get the New York Islanders to relocate to his arena when their lease at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum runs out in 2015.

On Thursday, Barclays chief executive Brett Yormark echoed thouse thoughts.

"Discussions are continuing, although the goal at this point is to work with what we have on our schedule," Yormark told Newsday, adding that Barclays "remains very interested" in getting the Isles to shift.

The arena in Brooklyn is scheduled host a preseason game between the Islanders and New Jersey Devils on Oct. 2. More than 7,000 tickers -- half the rink's seating capacity for hockey -- have been sold.


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