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Tyler Myers gets scratched for being a non-defensive defenseman

Nov 14, 2011, 12:02 PM EDT

Tyler Myers , Claude Giroux AP

After Tyler Myers looked like a lost dog on defense against the Bruins on Saturday night, coach Lindy Ruff is banishing him to the press box for tonight’s game against Montreal.

Myers being made a healthy scratch for the game tonight is a first in his career and after a very uninspiring game against the Bruins that saw him turn the puck over leading to goals and looking like he’s never defended a two-on-one before in his career. Myers, of course, signed a monster contract extension in the offseason to remain a fixture in Buffalo for the next seven seasons. To see a healthy scratch come this soon in his career is what Buffalo hopes is a small bump in the road to prevent future, long term nightmares.

Taking Myers’ spot in the lineup will be Mike Weber. Weber has played just one game this season going pointless with a -2 rating and seven penalty minutes. The Sabres need some toughness and defensive smarts tonight and they’ll at least get half of that in Weber. The key for Myers will be to see how he responds after this benching. Improvement or continued failure? We shall see.

  1. rabidbillsfan - Nov 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    To be honest, I almost think his play is on Lindy. He pairs him with Sekera, an OFD, with a simialr style play to Myers. It’s almost as if when that pair is on the ice, it’s only goal is to score goals, and take chances. Last year, I thought Myers played his best with Montador, It’s almost as if it brought out the physical side of his game. Maybe Pairing him up with Regehr for a few games might re-ignite some of that mean streak, but benching him I don’t think will work. To be honest, I would like to see Sekera in the Suites every game with Weber on the ice, this team looks like 18 forwards and 3 true Defensemen. I mean, It’s not like we need to look for offense elsewhere, we need to be able to protect leads when we get them is what the real problem is.

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