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from Travis Yost of TSN,
I still think that the Jets are acquiring considerable risk in the acquisition of Myers, especially since this is a Winnipeg team that desperately needs talent on the roster now to realize that post-season berth.
One of the biggest red flags surrounding Tyler Myers is that he doesn’t really seem to be able to drive play from a territorial standpoint, which is a dangerous proposition when you’re talking about a twenty-two-minute-per-night defenseman.
To illustrate this, we can peel out his Corsi% numbers over the past four seasons with Buffalo, and can repeat it with ScoringChance% numbers to complement our investigation.
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.
Tyler Myers barely put some sweat on his new Winnipeg Jets sweater when late in the game, he decided to stand in front of a Shea Weber shot. And why quick to learn why that’s a bad idea.
Below, Myers talks post-game, saying his leg went dead but he is ok. Myers also talked about playing for the Winnipeg Jets.
from Paul Friesen of the Winnipeg Sun,
Acquired from Buffalo in the Evander Kane trade, Wednesday, both sounded fired up about joining a team in a playoff race, as the Jets prepare to play division leader Nashville tonight.
“The pace of play is pretty awesome,” Stafford said after taking Dustin Byfuglien’s spot on the Jets’ second line, with Mark Scheifele and Mathieu Perreault. “It’s incredible to now be in a playoff race because that’s why everyone plays the game.
“Thirtieth-place team, sometimes frustration creeps in ... You can tell this team is extremely well prepared. Even in a morning skate they are on point and there’s a lot of communication and I can only assume in games it’s even more.”
Myers, at 6-foot-8, was easy to spot, taking the place of Zach Bogosian, who was also traded, alongside Toby Enstrom on the blue line.
“It makes things a lot more exciting,” Myers said. “Given the position we’re in right now, it’s going to be tight down the stretch. This is what we play for. It’s exciting for me, definitely, coming from the position we were in.”
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."
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.
added 12:46pm, Winnipeg Jets release is below...
added 1:00pm, Bufalo Sabres release now below too...
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Could you feel your ears ringing from another time zone? I know I did. Dustin Byfluglien's overtime winner lifted the Winnipeg Jets over the Minnesota Wild in a key playoff race showdown Tuesday night, igniting a celebration at MTS Centre unlike anything we're seeing around the NHL.
Honestly, the hockey gods must deliver the playoffs for the Jets this year. We need to hear that crowd in a postseason setting. And what a shot by Byfuglien to win it, a ripper of a wrist shot to the top corner on Wild goalie Devan Dubnyk. In honor of that goal, take a look at the Byfuglien Bash video made last month by the Winnipeg Free Press that just rocks. The Jets have picked up five out of six points since the Evander Kane incident rocked the team, and perhaps it's something that will bring them closer together.
More tough tests await with a game Thursday night at Nashville and Saturday at Detroit. That was a huge win Tuesday, though, with the Jets now seven points ahead of Minnesota and the playoff danger zone.
read on for Burnside on the Ducks, Joe MacDonald on the Bruins and more topic too...
added 11:08am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
It’s no secret Kane feels he’s trapped in a fishbowl. Rumours are magnified in such a small, hockey-mad market. He will definitely tell interested teams a change of scenery equals a changed man.
That’s why teams will be interested. If true, you’re the proud owner of an effective, powerful forward.
“Jeff Carter is a talented guy who needed direction, to be shown the way,” one scout said. “Now he’s a different player on and off the ice, a real leader on that team. You wouldn’t have said that previously. I see real similarities between those guys.”
Can Evander Kane convince teams he can do it, too?
-Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet where you can read much more on Evander Kane.
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