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.