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Columnist: Myers’ Contract Would Be Tough To Move

So, this is how bad things have gotten for Tyler Myers: Once considered an untouchable in the Sabres organization, it's now gotten to the point where writers are lamenting that his contract has become an albatross for Darcy Regier.

Bruce Dowbiggin of The Globe And Mail today released his list of ten "virtually immovable" contracts, and Myers made the cut.

What's interesting to me here is that I don't believe Regier would be willing to move Myers and his cap hit even if he received a decent offer, especially after just unloading another young defenseman in T.J. Brennan.

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Nathan's avatar

I don’t think he’d move him yet either. He’s still a young D with a great rookie season under his belt. We always see that D take longer to develop than forwards do, especially it seems D in the mold of Myers, guys that are tall and still sort of lanky instead of NHL-strong.

I’m sure everyone remembers a guy named Chris Pronger, who was a minus player his first three seasons, notched points in well under 50% of his games (at the tail end of an era that was far more offense-oriented than today’s game), and took too many penalties (and bad penalties).

In his 7th season he started a string of years where he consistently scored about 50 points, save for a few rough, injury riddled years.He by and large kept his PIMs down below the 100 minute mark. His TOI/game stuck around the 27 minute mark. And he became mature enough to where his clubs and their coaches felt he was deserving of wearing the A and the C.

It would be silly to trade Myers. But if they really wanted to, I cannot imagine there wouldn’t be at least a half-dozen teams lined up willing to take the $5 million cap hit risk. As a Red Wings fan—a team that needs a young D with #1 potential—I’d welcome the Wings taking the risk on Tyler Myers.

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 03/20/13 at 09:59 AM ET

@DaveDavisHockey's avatar

Good stuff, Nathan.  Love the Pronger reference (folks here in Buffalo use Chara).  Thanks.

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 03/20/13 at 10:22 AM ET

Nathan's avatar

Thanks Dave. I hadn’t thought of the Chara comparison. Maybe a hybrid comparison between the two is apt. Chara didn’t project to be as offensively skilled as Pronger did right from the start. Pronger wasn’t on many really crummy teams at any point in his career, so that would help his +/- numbers. Chara obviously had to play on the Isles. Myers has kinda experienced both with the Sabres being so inconsistent.

In any case, if by some crazy chance the Sabres wanted to move Myers, I think teams would be crazy not to line up to take the risk. I know cap space is precious these days, but so are true #1 D (or like Myers, guys that project to be that for a long time into the future, even if they aren’t quite developed yet). For a lot of the types of teams that find themselves middle-of-the-pack, with decent cores of talent but missing that top piece on the back-end, Myers would be great (he could be a real difference maker for teams like Detroit and San Jose in the West, and in the East, heck, most teams could use a guy like that, but Ottawa and Carolina especially come to mind).

Posted by Nathan from the scoresheet! on 03/21/13 at 08:38 AM ET

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Pronger had to play on a bad Hartford team early in his career.  It didn’t help that he was coached by this guy:  http://bit.ly/15v7jQ8

Posted by @DaveDavisHockey from Buffalo, NY on 03/21/13 at 08:58 AM ET

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