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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Columbus’ Mark Letestu is an option. Buffalo’s Torrey Mitchell, a center by trade, might fit the job description. Calgary’s Curtis Glencross, the guy who years ago concussed Chris Drury with a blindside hit miles away from the puck, would fit if the Rangers could fit his $2.55 million under the cap.
But there’s one other name that pops. Remember last January when there was almost universal skepticism — if not revulsion — when Sather acquired Daniel Carcillo from LA? Remember how useful Carcillo was until that moment in Game 3 of the conference finals against Montreal when he became engaged with linesman Scott Driscoll and elbowed his way out of New York?
Well, presented for your (and Sather’s) consideration, another reclamation project right up the general manager’s alley.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta, the notorious pending free agent who, when not injuring opponents with headshots and when maintaining his discipline, is exactly the tough, grinding depth winger so necessary to go deep in the playoffs.
from Sam Page of Sports Illustrated,
Bogosian and Myers were both first-round picks in the 2008 draft, and both have, to put it lightly, underachieved in the NHL. Central Scouting rated them as the fourth and fifth best North American skaters, respectively, in their draft class. They were supposed to become franchise defensemen in a draft that turned out to be full of them: Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson, Alex Pietrangelo, John Carlson and Roman Josi all went in the first 40 picks.
Myers’ career arc could be described as a fall from grace after a rapid rise. He won the Calder Trophy in 2009–10, when he scored 48 points and was +13. But he has never come close to those numbers in any of the last five seasons (though to be fair, he has played more than 62 games in a season only once since then). Bogosian, by contrast, has a consistently unspectacular track record, never besting the 30 points he put up in ’11–12.
The fancystats for both players provide little clarity. Myers’ Fenwick For percentage (FF%) has taken a nosedive in the last three seasons—from 46.5% to 43.5% to 36.4%—but that trend corresponds to Buffalo’s general decline, as well as with Myers being asked to play in all situations as a big-minute defensive defenseman. Bogosian’s possession stats track more consistently—mostly hovering around 50%—but have, disconcertingly, always lagged behind the team’s number. Myers, for all his disappointments, at least came out positive in terms of FF% relative to his team in three of the five seasons since his breakout rookie campaign.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
He welcomes a fresh start after all the drama that fueled his exit from Winnipeg.
But first and foremost, after talking to Sabres general manager Tim Murray, Kane sees the opportunity that lies ahead next season after he recovers from his shoulder surgery.
"Once I talked to Tim and talked to my agent [Craig Oster of Newport Sports], there’s a lot of excitement for the future in Buffalo," said Kane. "Just looking at next year, they’re going to get a top pick and that’s exciting. Just to have one of those two guys maybe to play with next year, plus the other young players on that team. The sense I got from Buffalo is that, yes they’re rebuilding but they’re not going to sit around and wait. They’re looking to do something now. It’s nice to go somewhere where you feel wanted and you feel that they want to put you in a situation to have success."
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Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray talks about acquiring Evander Kane from the Winnipeg Jets.
"... One of the most dynamic players in the National Hockey League." That's Tim Murray, GM of the Buffalo Sabres.
Kane deal done
Myers Stafford Armia Lemieux and first for Bogosian and Kane
Jason Kasdorf a goalie from RPI also goes in deal
added 11:48am, from TSN,
The Evander Kane era in Winnipeg has come to an end as part a blockbuster eight-player deal with the Buffalo Sabres.
The Jets traded Kane, Zach Bogosian, and unsigned goaltending prospect Jason Kasdorf to the Sabres on Wednesday in exchange for Tyler Myers, Drew Stafford, prospects Brendan Lemieux, Joel Armia and a first-round draft pick.
According to TSN Hockey Insider Darren Dreger, the first-round pick will be the lowest of the three that Buffalo currently owns.
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added 11:08am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Here's another "thumb down", and I'm pointing this one at myself, and at my ongoing inability to understand the Tyler Myers trade rumours. I usually begin by wondering why the last-place Buffalo Sabres would want to move a 25-year-old former Calder Trophy-winning defenceman when he's one of the few players on the current roster who fits a rebuilding plan. There's an answer for that, of course. Myers hasn't come close to the level of play he showed in his rookie year.
Okay, then I'm left to wonder why there is such apparent interest in his services from teams that are trying to win the Stanley Cup. And that answer includes the theory that a change of scenery and a strong team around him will do Myers a world of good.
I wish I could say the Sabres would be nuts to deal him, or that his new team would be nuts to acquire him--all I can say is it'll be one or the other if Myers finds himself in a new uniform by March 2.
-Dave Hodge of TSN where you can read another "thumb down" to all involoved with Evander Kane.
from John Vogel of the Buffalo News,
One player Nolan definitely wants is defenseman Tyler Myers.
“He’s one of the bright spots on this team,” Nolan said in Bell Centre. “When you go through a rebuilding and restocking of the organization, some of the pieces you keep and you surround them. Tyler Myers is one of those guys you build your team around.
“Very rarely do you see a 6-foot-8 guy who can skate like a 5-foot-8 guy. He’s been tremendous for us all season long.”
Myers knows he’s a popular guy. His name comes up in nearly every conversation about trades. With less than a month until the March 2 trade deadline, there have been a lot more conversations.
“It’s been going on the entire year so I’ve gotten pretty used to it,” Myers said. “Just because it’s closer to the deadline, it’s not going to change anything for me.
“I’ve seen enough in the media to know that Tim’s not shopping me,” he said of Sabres General Manager Tim Murray, “but I think every player should understand for the right price I’m sure anything can happen. Until that time comes, if it ever comes, the focus is to play as well as I can for this team.”
from Mike Johnston of the Buffalo News,
With the March 2 NHL trade deadline fast approaching, Buffalo Sabres general manager Tim Murray says the market might not be as busy as people think.
“It’s been quiet, to be frank. It’s been very, very quiet. We’re fairly close to the deadline and I didn’t expect it,” Murray told Buffalo radio station WGR 550 Wednesday. “I don’t expect every team to be active, but there usually are a small amount of teams that don’t wait for the deadline, that like to get it done before the deadline…It has, to me, been surprisingly quiet. People aren’t even kicking tires.”
The Sabres are currently dead last in the NHL standings and are expected to be sellers at the deadline. A number of Buffalo players’ names have been out there in trade rumours this season, including forwards Chris Stewart and Torrey Mitchell, plus defenceman Tyler Myers and pending UFA goalies Michal Neuvirth and Jhonas Enroth.
Murray said nothing is immanent on the trade front and that deals are more difficult to complete than many people think.
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