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Shea Weber’s $7.5 million arbitration award gives some idea how much money it would cost the Sabres to lock Tyler Myers into a long-term deal. Weber is the best defenseman in the NHL, with apologies to Nicklas Lidstrom.

Myers isn’t going to get Weber money, but you can expect him to collect about $6 million a year when his contract expires after the upcoming season. The smart play would be getting his deal completed before or early in the season before he gains more leverage. A five-year deal for $30 million makes sense for a young franchise defenseman who could become their captain.

-Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News.

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Nathan's avatar

I’d still take Lidstrom over Weber if I’m relying on one guy to play the best defense in a playoff series or critical game.

Weber is more like Pronger. He doesn’t control his emotions. He puts his team in bad spots with impatience and petulance. Everyone loves a tough D, and Weber is that, he just needs to find that fine line where he isn’t so easy to goad into a bad penalty.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 08/08/11 at 01:31 PM ET

awould's avatar

Weber is young. His future is all upside right now. He’ll grow into a more patient, mature player. Whoever locks him up for the prime of his career will have a real solid guy to build around.

Posted by awould on 08/08/11 at 01:59 PM ET

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Myers isn’t Weber yet.

Posted by steviesteve on 08/08/11 at 02:31 PM ET

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Myers isn’t Weber yet.

No kidding. Myers was a total bust for 2/3 of last season. He screwed my fantasy team’s D.

Posted by awould on 08/08/11 at 03:02 PM ET

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I don’t have Myers numbers, nor am I about to look them up, but there’s no EFFing way Myers should be commanding 6 mill per. And, he definitely doesn’t belong in the same stratospheres as Webers or Lidstroms.

$6 mill Sabers = $3.5 mill on any other playoff contender

Posted by Jesters Dead on 08/08/11 at 03:21 PM ET

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Myers had a great rookie year. Last season started out terribly and ended on a high note. He turned it around big time. But still, he is very much a work in progress. Any talk about him deserving a huge contract is premature. Weber has a track record of 40-50 pt seasons and has proven he can be the guy on the PP. Myers is nothing but potential right now. This next season is huge for him.

In my opinion, any talk of Weber approaching “Lidstrom status” is premature as well; actually it is ridiculous. Until a player retires with a record and accomplishments that measure up, it’s all just talk. The fact that Lidstrom is THE measuring bar for the elite defensemen in the modern NHL says it all. Nobody is calling Myers, Doughty, Yandle, or Keith the next Weber.

Posted by awould on 08/08/11 at 03:45 PM ET

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6’8 mobile, coordinated guys who can put the puck on net aren’t exactly a dime a dozen and, in all likelihood, Myers’ future is full of sunshine and rainbows. But his future’s not here until it’s here. Lidstrom’s a league top 3 now. Weber’s a league top 5 now.

But Myers? Based on what I’ve seen of him in his career thus far (which I’ve liked a lot), there still might be 20 or 30 D I’d take before him if I were putting together a 1 year only team. This isn’t to say Myers won’t be better than a lot of them in a few years, but until he is, he hasn’t earned Weber money. Weber (and Chara) gets paid like that because of what he already was before the contract came down, not because of what he might be some time down the road.

Posted by steviesteve on 08/08/11 at 07:02 PM ET

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Weber (and Chara) gets paid like that because of what he already was before the contract came down, not because of what he might be some time down the road.

Yes, Weber/Chara deserve their paychecks, they’ve earned it for sure. The opposite of this is Ericsson, who is being paid for potential despite having a couple of years to prove himself. Granted, he’s not getting a giant payday, but still he got a hefty raise for reasons other than on ice performance.

Doughty is an interesting case because he is just a step past Myers. Had a decent rookie year, a great 2nd year and then took a small step back (which is maybe due to the injury bug that hit LA). That contract negotiation must be tough.

Right now though, I’d take Yandle over Myers and Doughty. Be interesting to see how he does this year in a bigger role without Bryzgalov to bail them all out.

Posted by awould on 08/08/11 at 07:19 PM ET

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