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Even more Myers-to-Detroit (or Anaheim) talk

TSN's Darren Dreger appeared on TSN 1050 in Toronto on Monday evening, discussing the Tyler Myers rumors, at the 5:50 mark of the following interview:

And Chris Nichols offered a transcription thereof:

Darren Dreger was on TSN 1050 Monday evening.

On his sense of the potential availability of Tyler Myers:

“Anaheim would be one of those teams that would have interest in Tyler Myers and has interest in Tyler Myers. Detroit is another team looking for that right-shot defenseman. He fits into that demographic age-wise, where you’re hoping you’re still getting this young player very much in the upswing of his career.

“And from Buffalo’s perspective, Buffalo is trying to downplay the report, by the way. Shocking. That always happens. But I know there have been recent conversations involving the Detroit Red Wings. Now the asking price will be off the charts, and so it should be, again, for everything I just said about Myers. But when you’re only going to be a 30th place team, don’t you have to be open to every trade possibility and scenario?

“So I think that’s absolutely what Tim Murray is doing and thinking in any trade discussions he’s having with Ken Holland or Bob Murray or any other inquiries that are coming in. But as soon as they get to a point where the asking price makes some sense – it’s again too early in the season for those who are buying to overpay, but when that balance kind of finds the middle, then I do expect Myers will get moved.”

Nichols also noted that Pierre LeBrun discussed Myers' availability on TSN 1040 in Vancouver, discussing Myers at the 33:55 mark:

Again, per Nichols:

“I would say that Myers has been an intriguing proposition for someone. For starters, a lot of the money has been paid up front on his contract. He had one of those front-loaded, massive contracts where a lot of the big money has gone. So I don’t even know why Buffalo would trade him, frankly. But his name has come up again and there are teams out there that haven’t got done what they wanted to do.

“Anaheim Ducks are one team, they’ve been looking for another defenseman. They were in on Johnny Boychuk and felt the price was too high. So keep an eye on the Ducks.

“Detroit is another team I think would like to add a right-handed defenseman, a guy who can play in their top four. Now Detroit had had talks with Buffalo last spring and they ended up sort of petering out. But that’s another team to keep an eye on.

As you know, on Saturday, Sportsnte's Elliotte Friedman reported that the Wings "walked away" from discussions with the Sabres when they were told that Anthony Mantha was the asking price.

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Ken Holland seems to have a hard time making a deal on his own, now that there is at least anoth team in the conversation, I have to assume that Detroit won’t get him.

Posted by Garth on 10/13/14 at 07:45 PM ET

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I can definitely see the Wings making a deal for Myers, but it won’t involve Mantha or Nyquist. But when you think about those two in addition to Tatar, Jurco, and Pulkinnen; there just won’t be enough spots on the roster for all of those players.

The same is also true for Ouellet, Jensen, Marchenko, Sproul, and Backman.

Could a Tatar/Jurco/Pulkinnen, Marchenko/Sproul/Backman package make sense for both teams? I think so. Buffalo may also want McCollum. The Wings would need to unload Kindl or Quincey or Lashoff too. There are the pieces in place for a blockbuster. But Murray has to lower his asking price and Holland has to be willing to unload some prospects.

And then there’s the whole question of just how good Myers is and could be on the Wings. Is he even worth it? Probably more so than anyone else available.

Posted by dmorley21 on 10/13/14 at 08:13 PM ET

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I don’t covet Tyler Myers enough to give a crap about the thought of the Wings not landing him.

If Anaheim snags him for garbage parts, then I’m going to want to know what the best offer Holland made that was turned down.

Actually, if Anaheim snags him for ANY price, I still want to know. I think we’re at the point where it’s better for the Wings to let the information leak.

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 10/13/14 at 08:22 PM ET

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Is Myers a significant upgrade over our current top 4 to give up a good player(s) for him?

Posted by VPalmer on 10/13/14 at 08:52 PM ET

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Is Myers a significant upgrade over our current top 4 to give up a good player(s) for him?

replacing Ericcsson?  Yeah

 

Posted by duhduhduh on 10/13/14 at 09:14 PM ET

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And then there’s the whole question of just how good Myers is and could be on the Wings. Is he even worth it? Probably more so than anyone else available.

It sounds like the price is too high right now. If Anaheim does get Myers for practically nothing, then it would be frustrating if the Red Wings miss again.

Posted by bigfrog on 10/13/14 at 09:27 PM ET

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As long as the asking price from the Wings is Mantha, not happening.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 10/13/14 at 09:34 PM ET

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I would not include Tatar in any trade for Myers.  Myers is a good defenseman, not elite.  The upside on Tatar still may be higher than Myers.

Now that I said that, Tatar will probably put up around 10 points this season.

Posted by wedge56 on 10/13/14 at 09:47 PM ET

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replacing Ericcsson?  Yeah

I do not think he is let’s say “Tatar” better than Ericsson.

Posted by VPalmer on 10/13/14 at 09:48 PM ET

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His scoring has been tailing off since his rookie year and I never hear anyone praise his defense. He is not an elite D-man and frankly, I don’t see that he would be an improvement over any of our top 5 D-men.  Lord knows his cap hit is way above his worth.

Posted by Heresy from Aiken, SC on 10/13/14 at 11:20 PM ET

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Think of it a different way.. He has played in Buffalo.. where everything has gone down hill the past few years. Dude’s been playing with not so good people either. Stick him on a good team and see how he does.

Posted by ColeCreber on 10/13/14 at 11:49 PM ET

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Did people miss the fact that the Ducks were in the discussion…a month ago? That makes far more sense from the *Sabres’* point of view than sending a 6’8” dude who may or may not still be a top-pair guy in the making at 24 to a divisional rival.

As for the price involved, there will be a within-division premium, and I don’t know if Murray has to back off of the “Mantha ask” until Myers really struggles or the Sabres continue to tank for another month, so I don’t expect any of these issues to be resolved quickly.

That sucks for those of us who want to shoot Jakub Kindl into the sun, but it also behooves the Wings to wait and see what happens to both their own team and the Sabres—and “know for sure,” as Tomas Holmstrom would say, that Ryan Martin, Kris Draper, the pro scouts and amateur scouts all get a voice here, as does the coach.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 10/14/14 at 12:29 AM ET

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Think of it a different way.. He has played in Buffalo.. where everything has gone down hill the past few years. Dude’s been playing with not so good people either. Stick him on a good team and see how he does.

Posted by ColeCreber on 10/13/14 at 11:49 PM ET

That ‘s a big risk for what Buffalo’s asking in return. It’s not like Myers has the best stats out of all of the D-men in Buffalo. Saying he will improve if he’s traded to a better team is only supposition and the same might be claimed for half the D-men in the NHL.  Bottom line is Myers has a very high CAP hit for his stats and Detroit would be stupid to take on his Cap hit, and then give up a really good prospect or two on top of that, to get Myers.

Frankly, IMHO DeKeyser and Smith will both finish the season as better Top 4 D-men than Myers will in Buffalo, or somewhere else.

Posted by Heresy from Aiken, SC on 10/14/14 at 09:10 AM ET

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