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Tyler Myers returns from exile, will play vs. New Jersey

Nov 16, 2011, 10:58 AM EDT

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Tyler Myers‘ banishment to the press box turned out to be a one-game punishment.

Myers will be back in the lineup tonight for the Sabres as they take on the Devils at home. Myers was sat down against Montreal thanks to his poor play in games leading up to Monday and looked especially lost against Boston last Saturday.

While it was Mike Weber that took Myers’ spot in the lineup on Monday, he’ll stay in tonight while Marc-Andre Gragnani takes a seat for tonight’s game.

Our attention turns to Myers now to see how the young defenseman responds to being benched. Myers hasn’t looked like the guy that won the Calder Trophy in over a year now and perhaps a shakeup like this is what he needed to get back to playing top level kind of defense.

Then again, the worries that Myers has perhaps plateaued as a defenseman are being discussed as well and given the Sabres’ offseason financial commitment to him over the summer, they’re hoping that that’s just idle nonsense chatter. We’ll be watching carefully to see how he plays tonight and through the rest of the season.

  1. ballsohardu - Nov 16, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Chara 2.0. Hell be alright

  2. billyhoyle4real - Nov 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    I think losing Tallinder really has a lot to do with the entire process up until now. Hank definitely helped the man-child grow in his Calder Trophy year. Since, Myers play has taken scrutiny and the front office’s offseason mistakes, in taking a rising young stars linemate away from him instead of keeping the pair together has been all but forgotten. Lindy and Darcy can get a good look at the start of their defensive woes tonight when Tallinder returns to town.

  3. pastabelly - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    Comparing him to Chara, a certain future hall of famer, is a stretch (pardon the pun) at this point.

    • jpelle82 - Nov 16, 2011 at 1:50 PM

      agreed. he isnt even close to earning that big new paycheck yet

      • danphipps01 - Nov 16, 2011 at 4:25 PM

        Give him time, guys. Chara was pretty porous in his younger years too. It takes a while for the giants to figure out how to defend at NHL speed. He’ll make it work with time.

  4. buffalotears - Nov 16, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    While his +/- was terrible, I started to love his play for the better part of last year. He was starting to develop some real grit in his play by racking up tons of cross-checking and roughing penalties. He let opposing players know they had to face a physical force, and that seems to be missing thus far this season.

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