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by Paul on 09/19/11 at 10:39 AM ET
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.
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