The Sabres Observer
by @DaveDavisHockey on 03/07/11 at 02:45 PM ET
The radio home of the Buffalo Sabres is running a website poll asking fans to pick the biggest reason for the turnaround of their team. Your four choices are Ryan Miller, Terry Pegula, Brad Boyes (huh? He’s played 4 games here) and ‘Other’.
There’s a very prominent name missing from that list. He just so happens to be the reigning Calder Trophy winner, and with 5 goals, 6 assists, a +7 rating and a massive attitude adjustment over his past 20 games, it’s time to officially declare that the real Tyler Myers has returned in full force.
Don’t just take my word for it. The crowd in Philadelphia on Saturday designated Myers as the boobird recipient of the game. Flyers fans know their hockey, and if you’re the guy who hears it from them every time you touch the puck, it’s a sign that you’ve finally arrived.
Sure, it definitely helps to have Thomas Vanek and Drew Stafford playing like they’re on a mission, but defense is the Achilles heel of this version of the Sabres. While Myers surprised the Buffalo brass last season and was like a luxury, this season he is a necessity.
If you’re looking for one word to describe what’s changed, the answer is confidence. Words can’t describe how much different the entire Buffalo defense looks now that Myers has it. He’s doing less standing and more hitting. The clumsiness that we saw in his skating early in the season is gone, and he’s taking chances offensively with a lot more regularity.
The Sabres will be in the spotlight for a Hockey Night In Canada contest Saturday night in Toronto. Who knows, with all 6’8” of Myers gliding around the ice in front of television screens across Canada, maybe the fans at the Air Canada Centre will reaffirm what the Philly faithful already told us.
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Dave Davis has covered the Buffalo Sabres for various NHL accredited websites and newspapers since 2003. He was the senior writer and Sabres correspondent for The Fourth Period, covered hockey for Western New York Sports and Leisure Magazine, and has had articles featured on NHL.com, FOX Sports, Yahoo Sports and in New York Sportscene. Sabres news and notes can be found on his Twitter page.
Davis originally garnered media attention in 2002 as leader of a lobbying campaign working in unison with potential buyer Mark Hamister attempting to secure state financing to keep the Sabres in Buffalo. In 2004, Davis was briefly back on the airwaves - this time reaching the finals of the inaugural "WGR Rookie" sports talk competition. After a few years of "syndicating" his articles on various sites, along with doing some internet radio work, Davis now devotes his new media efforts to bringing quality Sabres related opinions and content to Kukla's Korner.
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