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Colorado Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy underwent minor surgery on his right hip Thursday to correct a nagging injury that bothered him most of last season.

Roy, who also was hampered by knee and groin injuries last season, could miss 10 to 14 days while recovering from the surgery.

If Roy's injuries persist, Colorado could be left relying upon rookie Marc Denis, its first-round pick in the 1995 draft. The Avalanche traded backup goalie Craig Billington to Washington.

Sabres trim roster

The Buffalo Sabres have returned 14 players to their junior teams, including some of their top draft choices from last summer.

Milan Bartovic is a right winger who was the team's first choice in the second round in 1999. He will return to Trencin, a team in Slovakia. Another 1999 second-rounder, Michael Zigomanis, will be back with Kingston in the Ontario Hockey League. Zigomanis had 85 points in 67 games last season.

Others who were returned were Craig Brunel, Bret Dececco, Aaron Goldade, Seneque Hyancinthe, Matthew Kinch, Jaroslav Kristek, Scott McQueen, Norm Milley, Karel Mosovsky, Tim Preston, Brad Self and Edo Terglav.

Barrett Heisten, Buffalo's first draft choice in 1999, was not allowed to attend camp; he currently is enrolled at the University of Maine and is prohibited from participating in an NHL training camp by NCAA regulations.

Rangers cool to holdouts

BURLINGTON, Vt. -- If Ottawa's Alexei Yashin and Carolina's Keith Primeau expect the Rangers to come along and solve their contract problems, they had better not hold their breaths. Although Yashin or Primeau, training camp holdouts, would more than adequately fill the Blueshirts' need for a second-line center, general manager Neil Smith says he's not in the market for one right now.

"I'd rather see that position filled from within the organization," Smith said.

Smith knows that to get Yashin or Primeau one he would have to give up at least one of the team's three prized prospects -- Manny Malhotra, 19, Pavel Brendl, 18, and Jamie Lundmark, 18. Yashin, 25, and Primeau, 27, are relatively young, but Smith is unwilling to give up any of those three after years of trading prospects.

Around the rinks

Washington re-signed free agent right wing Jaroslav Svejkovsky to a three-year deal for approximately $1.8 million. Svejkovsky's contract calls for about $550,000 in the first year, followed by $600,000 and $650,000 in the remaining two seasons. . . . Petr Sykora ended his five-day holdout but the Devils' leading scorer declined to go into the reasons behind his one-man protest, other than to stress that it wasn't about money.

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