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The NHL's roster freeze may be in effect until December 27th, but the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch brings trade rumor gifts to the hockey holiday tree via his Sunday column.
First, Garrioch discusses Nick Foligno's future with the Columbus Blue Jackets given his point-per-game form...
Making $3.08 million in the final year of his contract, some wonder if a five-year, $25-million deal would get it done for Foligno. Probably not — the thinking is he’d be able to eclipse that number on the lucrative free-agent market.
You have to think Foligno is looking at the seven-year, $36.75-million deal that David Clarkson signed with the Leafs at $5.25 million per season in 2013-14 as a benchmark. The Jackets aren’t sure if Nathan Horton will ever return from his back issues, so they want to keep Foligno badly.
These quips aren't surprising...
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I chuckle whenever I read people disparaging Myers and questioning why anyone would want to acquire him. He’s a big blueliner with plenty of skill and at 23 has plenty of time to blossom into a true top-two defenseman. Put him on a deeper club and he’ll shine. That’s also why the Sabres are leery to part with him, and why they’ve set the asking price so high.
-Lyle Richardson of Spector's Hockey where you can read more in his Rumor Mill post.
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- Buffalo, with some good, young defencemen coming, will be holding on to the right-handed shooter for awhile yet to see if Detroit gets more interested in the defenceman.
Dallas would seem a fit, too, because coach Lindy Ruff and his assistant, James Patrick, used to be with the Sabres, but neither the Wings nor the Stars are in dire need of a D-man right now.
The Sabres want six-foot-five winger Anthony Mantha or 2014 first-round forward Dylan Larkin in any package from Detroit for the six-foot-seven Myers.
Mantha, who broke his leg in camp and might have made the team as a teenager (a rarity there) is likely a non-starter. Dallas doesn’t have a high-end kid offensive forward other than Valeri Nichushkin, who’s been hurt. Would they deal him?
- Has anybody noticed that Patrice Bergeron, one of the game’s best two-way players, is being outscored by fellow forward Chris Kelly in Boston through their first 11 games and he’s a minus player? Of course, their defence is decimated — Zdeno Chara, Torey Krug, and Kevan Miller are all hurt, and Johnny Boychuk was traded — which doesn’t help anybody in the plus/minus ratio.
- Is there a less-involved, seldom-get-it-out-of-first-gear NHLer these days than Alex Semin in Carolina? “Can’t think of one,” said a veteran NHL pro scout. Semin gives you the smallest bang for the buck ($7 million per, with three years left after this season) in hockey, and his coach Peters finally saw enough in Vancouver and strapped him to the bench.
Staal, Myers, and more! The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch also offers the following rumors:
The St. Louis Blues could fire coach Ken Hitchcock if his team isn’t able to get its act together quickly. The heat is definitely on Hitchcock after an early playoff exit last spring and the club brought in Bob Gainey to act as a mentor. The Blues signed centre Paul Statsny in the off-season and expect to be better. If they don’t buy into Hitchcock’s program soon, you would have to think changes are coming ... With the World Cup of Hockey set to return in 2016 in Toronto, the committee has spoken with organizers of the Toronto International Film about overlapping their last week with the tournament. Not sure TIFF needs the exposure but it would be a good fit for the NHL and NHLPA to get more notice ... Confirm or deny: The Coyotes and the Senators had discussions about defenceman Jared Cowen ... A league executive said Friday teams will start to get nervous at the 20-game mark. “You don’t really know what you’ve got after 10 games. You have a pretty good idea after 20,” he said.
Garrioch continues and suggests that Martin Brodeur is still dead-set on being a #1 goaltender, and I don't want to post this, but I suppose I have to:
After taking a stick to the groin area, Tyler Myers with a shot to the head of Andrew Shaw.
Below, Erik Johnson with an elbow to the head of Erik Haula...
NHL.com's "30 in 30" series focuses on the Buffalo Sabres today, with the team's top prospects, Anthony Stewart's presence and steps that need to be taken by both in-the-lineup players like Tyler Myers and top picks like Sam Reinhart faring significantly into the probability of the team turning itself around this upcoming season. The "hook" regarding today's articles comes in the form of surprising comments come from Sabres coach Ted Nolan and the aforementioned Stewart, who issue "We're not that far off" comments to NHL.com's Jon Lane:
Following what he called a "completely unacceptable" season, [Sabres GM Tim] Murray refused to buy into a five-year rebuild and accelerated the Sabres' reconstruction with the signing of five free agents on July 1.
"Probably the best couple of words I heard out of Tim's mouth was when he said 'five years,'" said Ted Nolan, who went 17-36-9 after taking over as interim coach and signed a three-year contract extension in March. "Who knows what's going to happen five years from now? I always, as a coach, just worry about now. My now is preparing this team to be the best we can. If we get the players like we did this summer, it could be a very short rebuild and we get to the point to where we're battling for what everybody wants, and that's the Stanley Cup."
TSN's Bob McKenzie and Darren Dreger chatted with the NHL Network's Rob Roe on Tuesday evening, and they made some surprising statements.
- According to both McKenzie and Dreger, John Tortorella's snub of Roberto Luongo in the Heritage Classic did in fact prompt Luongo's agent, Pat Brisson, to ask if he could speak to several NHL teams about moving his client;
- The gents also claim that the Canucks want to trade Ryan Kesler and Alex Edler independently of the Luongo situation, with Kesler willing to go to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit Anaheim and possibly other teams (but not the Rangers), and that the Canucks will hold out for the best offer, even if that means trading Kesler at another time;
- The New York Rangers are still considering re-signing Ryan Callahan, signing and trading him or just trading him;
- The Buffalo Sabres are at least considering moving Matt Moulson, perhaps to Los Angeles, but Calgary's Mike Camalleri is also another "goal-scoring winger" on the market, as might be Chris Stewart, but the Sabres in particular cannot carry any more salary in making trades;
- The Sabres may consider moving Christian Ehrhoff or Tyler Myers, and the Red Wings may be interested, specifically in Ehrhoff, but the Wings are in a "transition year," so Ken Holland has to decide whether he's willing to bite on the Sabres' price;
- And regarding Cammalleri, he, Moulson, Ales Hemsky and Thomas Vanek's futures are somewhat intertwined, with Hemsky and Cammalleri serving as the fall-back plans for the teams that don't land Kesler.
ESPN's Pierre LeBrun also penned a late-evening blog entry updating the Kesler situation, confirming that the Canucks feel no need to "settle" for anything less than their asking price:
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The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson leads us up to the trade deadline wondering whether the trade deadline will in fact play out as witnessing Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose and Anaheim attempt to strike back at the St. Louis Blues' preemptive roster-strenghtening strike in bringing Ryan Miller and Steve Ott into the fold:
Do the Kings have to get New York Islanders’ unrestricted free agent winger Thomas Vanek now, even if the whole world knows Vanek is going to sign in Minnesota, where he has a summer home? Or should they go for Matt Moulson, who played 29 games with L.A. after general manager Dean Lombardi signed him as a free agent out of Cornell University in 2006?
Do the Ducks, who have two first-round picks and two seconds this June and need a right-handed shooting defenceman, take a big swing at six-foot-eight Tyler Myers in Buffalo, even though his salary-cap hit is $5.5 million? They could offer somebody like forward Kyle Palmeiri, but would probably keep winger Emerson Etem and goalie Viktor Fasth.
Are the Sharks deep enough with the return of third-line winger Raffi Torres following knee surgery, No. 2 centre Logan Couture (hand operation), and rookie sensation winger Tomas Hertl (knee) skating again?
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Here is the video explanation...
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers will have a hearing with the NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday afternoon for a hit on New Jersey Devils center Dainius Zubrus on Saturday night at First Niagara Center.
Myers received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head of Zubrus at 7:02 of the third period. Zubrus remained in the game.
The following grounds are being considered for supplemental discipline: illegal check to the head. However, the Department of Player Safety retains the right to make adjustments to the infraction upon review.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers could face a suspension or fine for his hit to the head of Devils left wing Dainius Zubrus in tonight’s game at First Niagara Center.
The NHL’s Department is in the process of taking a closer look at the hit tonight and we should hear something Sunday about whether Myers will have a hearing. The Sabres don’t play again until Tuesday, so there is no need to rush to make a ruling.
Myers received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head on the hit, which came 7:02 into the third period of the Sabres’ 2-1 win. Myers appears to make contact with Zubrus’ head with his upper arm.
Devils coach Pete DeBoer thought it was worth of a five-minute major. Zubrus, who said he was “OK” after game, said, “I haven’t seen the replay, so, honestly, I can’t comment much.”
continued and watch the hit below...
from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,
Tyler Myers can chuckle about it now, but he was a beaten man last season. He was a physical wreck, a mental disaster. It showed nearly every time he stepped on the ice or up to a microphone.
Something had to give. Actually, pretty much everything had to give.
“You have a year like you did last year, you want to change some things,” the Buffalo Sabres defenseman said Friday. “I’ll be the first to say, that’s not me as a player last year. I have to be much better.”
Not looking for anyone to blame, Myers took it upon himself to improve as a player and person this summer. He trained his body and mind in ways he never had before, and the early results suggest a turnaround is on the way.
“It’s just a matter of the way you handle different situations and make sure you stay on yourself,” he said. “A lot of things went on last year that got in my head. It just goes back to the mental training side of it, of how you prevent yourself from heading downhill mentally instead of stopping that and making sure you stay at your peak. It’s confidence level and how you build that confidence.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (April 12, 2013) --- Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier today announced that defenseman Tyler Myers suffered a broken bone in his leg during Thursday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens and will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
added 12:20pm, Below, watch a frustrated Myers speak about the 5-1 loss to Montreal and I don't believe he gave any indication of a leg problem, but x-rays don't lie, could be a non-weight bearing bone or a slight fracture too.
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
He’s in his fourth NHL season. There’s talk of moving the veteran core of Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville and Ryan Miller. Myers is the new core, the future, the presumed superstar who was supposed to be the foundation of the franchise.
But do you build a team around a defenseman who isn’t tough to play against, who comes out mentally soft after a great rookie year or a lucrative new contract, who leaves his goalie out to dry on far too many occasions, and who played his worst with his coach under fire?
What do you say, I asked Myers, to the idea that it’s not enough to be good, that you need to be great?
“I just feel like you’re putting more pressure on me,” he said. “No, I’m satisfied with good. No, I’m not. I think any player would want to move up with how they’re playing. It’s only natural if you want to get better, so I’m not worried about finding it again. I know it’ll come.”
NEW YORK (March 13, 2012) – Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers has been suspended, without pay, for three games for boarding Montreal Canadiens forward Scott Gomez during NHL Game #1033 in Buffalo on Monday, March 12, the National Hockey League’s Department of Player Safety announced today.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Myers will forfeit $14,189.19. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
The incident occurred at 13:11 of the third period. A minor penalty for boarding was assessed on the play.
A Tuesday afternoon meeting is scheduled with Myers and Shanahan for this hit on Scott Gomez last night.
Myers received 2 for boarding on the play.
No penalty on the play.
from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,
Zubrus was leaning forward trying to reach for the puck when Myers hit him with his upper right arm/elbow. Zubrus didn’t think that Myers attempted to play the puck at all. No penalty was called.
“I know I was reaching for the puck,” he said. “I know I never had possession of it and instead of playing the puck, I think he just went after me. I asked the refs and they said they didn’t want to guess and make the wrong call. You guys saw it better than I did probably.”
from Ken Warren of the Ottawa Citizen,
Because of his size and skill, (Tyler) Myers could very well become one of the league’s dominating defencemen. Could. Yet, age of 21, he has already become a new Bank of America based on his future potential. As a point of reference, Hall of Fame defenceman Denis Potvin did dominate in the NHL at age 21 in 1974, joining the New York Islanders following five seasons with the Ottawa 67’s, and his salary at the time was $80,000.
Sure, that was then and this is now. All the more power to Myers and his agents for striking it rich. As for new Sabres owner Terry Pegula, he could probably run for mayor of Buffalo and win. By signing Myers to the lengthy deal, the Sabres have avoided the chance that he could be poached by a rival team with an offer sheet next summer and kept him from becoming an unrestricted free agent until he’s 29.
Pegula’s NHL colleagues, however, won’t portray him in such a glowing light. The Myers contract has forced their pockets … er, hands. It has now become the standard for all of the top defencemen selected in the 2008 draft, whose contracts expire at the end of the 2011-12 season.
via Buffalo Sabres tweet,
Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers has agreed to terms on a 7-year deal with Buffalo. Details to follow later today on Sabres.com.
... and Tyler Myers with the Buffalo Sabres, too.
From Bob McKenzie’s Twitter:
Nothing official just yet, but John Tavares and Tyler Myers on verge of big, multi-year contract extensions with NYI and BUF, respectively.
Both deals are expected to be in 6 year range, give or take a year, and worth an average of $5.5M, give or take a few hundred thousand.
As I said, not “done” yet but close to being put to bed. Both Tavares and Myers have one year left remaining on their entry-level deals.
Arthur Staples at Newsday also reported on the developing Tavares deal earlier in the evening.
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.
As a public service to numbers geeks and the attention span impaired, we now bring you a quick analysis of the Buffalo Sabres’ current 10-4-1 streak which has allowed them to close to within five points of a playoff spot:
Buffalo’s stellar record as of late can really be attributed to their power play (13-46, 28.2%) and their ability to win the close ones (5-1-1 in one-goal games). More numbers:
Leading scorers: Thomas Vanek (6-13-19), Jason Pominville (6-9-15), Drew Stafford (7-5-12), Tyler Ennis (3-7-10), Jochen Hecht (5-4-9).
Goaltending: Ryan Miller - started all 15 games, 2.71 GAA, .919 save percentage.
Special teams: Power play - 13-46 (28.2%); Penalty killing - 47-55 (85.5%).
Goal differential: In regulation - 47 goals for, 42 against; 5 on 5 - 36 goals for, 30 against.
Location, location, location: 4-2-0 at home, 6-2-1 away.
Against quality opposition: 6-2-0 vs. teams currently in playoff position.
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That was a gutsy Buffalo win last night (2-1 in overtime) over division rival Montreal. There was a whole lot of hitting, yapping, pushing and shoving going on. Why we don’t see more of this nasty attitude from the Sabres is the subject of another conversation.
Having a threat like Mike Cammalleri off the ice for most of the game certainly made the task less formidable, but beggars can’t be choosers. And let’s not forget that Buffalo was missing its most potent point getter (Derek Roy, 35 points in 35 games) and goal scorer (Drew Stafford, 15 goals in 30 games). Stafford suffered a groin injury early, and it looks like he’s going to miss some time.
Great move by coach Lindy Ruff breaking up the Tyler Myers-Andrej Sekera pairing on the blue line. The 20-year old Calder Trophy winner seems better off with a stay at home veteran as his defense partner. Ruff felt that way during training camp when he originally played Shaone Morrisonn with Myers, but a poor start by the free agent acquisition put a damper in those plans. Let’s see if it sticks this time.
Big sigh of relief that Max Pacioretty is going to be OK after a scary moment when he took a slap shot to the chest. Forgive me if my heart rate shooting up from being terrified upon first seeing it was an overreaction, but it’s partly the fault of having a selective memory. Clint Malarchuk and Richard Zednik can attest to the fact that Buffalo can be a pretty risky place to play sometimes.
Things probably won’t be much more pleasant for the Sabres on Thursday when they play in Boston. Whatever they put in their pasta yesterday should be bottled up and brought with them on the trip.
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The biggest concern for the Buffalo Sabres recently has been the lack of coverage in their own end. New York Islanders star forward John Tavares had a field day in the Buffalo zone Saturday night, and he even half-heartedly noted afterwards that he had so many scoring chances in the 5-3 Isles win that perhaps he should’ve notched two hat tricks instead of his one.
The Sabres have allowed five goals in two of their last three games, and that’s in no small part due to the struggles of the Tyler Myers-Andrej Sekera pairing. They’re a combined –9 in that stretch. The play of Myers, who looks clumsy at times and seems to be having issues with his skating, has regressed to where it was during the first month of the season.
Getting some heat of his own, despite a huge lack of defensive support, is goaltender Ryan Miller (17-14-4, 2.72 GAA, .911 save %). It’ll be interesting to see how this town reacts if the red lamp behind the franchise netminder and fan favorite continues to be lit too often. A huge component of last year’s 100-point team was Miller’s ability to steal some games, and this season it just hasn’t been happening.
Buffalo will try to tighten things up tomorrow night when the Montreal Canadiens come to town.
If you think the Sabres aren’t scoring enough goals, well, don’t blame the defense. Buffalo’s blueliners have racked up 13 goals in 19 games. Tonight’s opponent, the high flying Washington Capitals, ‘only’ have 12 from their defensemen.
Sure, the offensive contributions of Jordan Leopold, Steve Montador (yep, really) and Tyler Myers have been a tonic for this team as it tries to climb out of its self-dug hole. Buffalo has gone to overtime in five straight games and has earned 9 of 10 possible points. But let’s not kid ourselves - the Sabres will have to cut down on mistakes in their own zone if they’re serious about being contenders again.
Rewind to three weeks ago: The 2010-11 season is about to commence, and your friends over at Psychic Freaks Network get a few premonitions right for a change. The crystal ball shows the Sabres completing their first 10-game segment with a winning road record, Derek Roy on pace for a 90-point season, and Tyler Ennis delivering pretty much as advertised and battling for the lead in rookie points.
If you’re a Sabres fan you’d be guessing first place on Halloween and hearing pundit predictions of a 40th franchise anniversary party with a happy ending, right? After further review, you might want to throw that crystal ball in the trash along with the Brett Hull trading card your prankster friend got you for your birthday.
Given all of the above, plus the fact that Thomas Vanek, Tim Connolly and Drew Stafford are each on pace to exceed their respective goal totals from last season, how does this team find itself wallowing near the bottom of the pack at 3-6-1?
It’s a mystery why the three strongest performances by Buffalo thus far have been their three road contests, where they’ve averaged over 40 shots per game, but at this stage the Sabres will take points anywhere they can get them - even if nobody is there to see it.
It was an impressive 4-1 win last night in Atlanta in front of a few family and friends at a sparsely populated Philips Arena, and the script for getting some key players going couldn’t have been written much better.
Tyler Myers netted his first goal of 2010-11, and despite an ugly first period turnover he looked much better overall. There’s just too much ability there for the turnaround not to continue. Keep in mind that even when Myers was playing at his best last season he was prone to occasionally coughing up the puck. You must have some talent if you can win a Calder Trophy after leading the NHL in giveaways.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
It’s only six games so you generally can’t draw any sweeping conclusions. Tyler Myers didn’t have the Calder Trophy wrapped up last October and he’s not sentenced to a sophomore slump in the same amount of time this year.
But there are troubling signs for the 20-year-old who was expected to be the Buffalo Sabres’ top defenseman. He’s been tentative on the rush, sloppy with the puck and has probably committed more brutal giveaways leading to goals than he did all of last season.
And there’s this: Entering Sunday, there have been 602 skaters to hit the ice in the NHL thus far this season. Only two have a minus-7 rating.
One is New Jersey veteran Jason Arnott. The other is Myers.
Some Sabres musings compiled while looking at 29 different angles of the big hit last night, and wondering what they really put in those shoulder pads…
• With an extended absence from Jason Pominville likely, courtesy of Chicago defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson, the opportunity is there for Nathan Gerbe to cement his place in the starting lineup. But with the way Portland Pirates (AHL) forward Luke Adam is playing, it might need to happen sooner for Gerbe rather than later. There is already talk of Portland commandeering an AHL Rookie of the Year three-peat. Gerbe and Tyler Ennis have won the award the past two seasons.
from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,
While a lot of NHL experts already are conceding the Norris Trophy to Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty, it might be a good idea to add Buffalo’s Tyler Myers to the mix. Myers, the Calder Trophy winner last season, appears to be going into his second season a better player. On Thursday against the Canadiens, he logged nearly 25 minutes of ice time, assisted on two of the Sabres’ five goals and was a plus-2. Uh-huh, it’s only a preseason game, but it’s obvious he’s the real deal.
more hockey notes…
from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,
If it’s up to the Bruins players, 19-year-old Sabres defenseman and Calder Trophy candidate Tyler Myers would be one of the first players to be penalized under the blind side, head shot “Savard” rule the NHL adopted last month.
Johnny Boychuk was drilled in the side of the jaw by an elevated Myers’ shoulder – that was either a lateral hit or a hit from behind—during the third period, and went down in a heap before quickly recovering and hopping back into the play.
It ranked high on the dangerous scale, but ultimately didn’t put the tough Boychuk out of commission with a head injury. That’s both the good and bad news….
“I didn’t see him coming, I didn’t have the puck and I felt like it was a shot to the head, I guess,” said Boychuk. “Then they called it the freakin’ hit of the night in the arena with the fans going crazy. He was coming right at my head.
“[He hit] me right on the side of the jaw. I guess they’re letting that go now. I expected a physical game no matter what. It is playoffs and everybody is going hard and putting everything on the line because they want to win the Cup.”
added 1:05pm, Watch the hit below…
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
t would be pretty much impossible for Tyler Myers to hide.
At 6-foot-8 — 6-foot-9? — the Buffalo Sabres blueliner is noticeable from the pre-game skate on at any NHL game involving the Sabres, but its time to understand that Myers is noteworthy for something beyond his unusual height.
So far, he’s the NHL’s best rookie this season on this scorecard, an early leader for the Calder Trophy.
Now, this is no easy award for a freshman defenceman to capture. Only one rearguard — Barrett Jackman in 2003 — has won the Calder in the past 11 years, and if the multi-talented Drew Doughty wasn’t good enough last year, you have to wonder what defender actually could be.
But watching Myers live in two games last week against the Canadiens and the Rangers convinced these eyes that he’s not just the real deal, but possibly shaping up into a better blueliner than anyone ever thought he would.
My suggestion is we wait until the 60 game mark before deciding the rookie of the year. Many young players seem to hit a wall about that time and those that can avoid a slump or downturn may just grab the award.
from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,
Let’s hope money isn’t an issue. History suggests the Sabres are worried about starting the clock on his contract, which would get him get back to the bargaining table for dough a year sooner after his three-year rookie deal expires.
If their roster is overcrowded, make room even if it means waiving a veteran. Toni Lydman and Henrik Tallinder, headed toward unrestricted free agency and not part of the Sabres’ long-term future, are good candidates. The Sabres missed the playoffs with them, so they can certainly do the same without them.
No matter, the kid needs to stay. The Sabres would need to live with his mistakes knowing he’ll improve as he becomes more comfortable. His teammates believe he belongs. Ruff acknowledged that Myers is pushing them more than they’re pulling him.