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Sabres make Tyler Myers a healthy scratch tonight

Feb 9, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

Milan Michalek, Tyler Myers, Cody Hodgson AP

The Buffalo Sabres’ struggles are well-noted at this point, but now you can put a face to them in the form of Tyler Myers.

The 22 year-old defenseman will be a healthy scratch against the Islanders tonight and, as The Buffalo News’ John Vogl notes, coach Lindy Ruff was skating him hard at the conclusion of today’s skate. Myers tells Vogl he’s ashamed at how he’s played.

“I’m embarrassed, and I should be,” said Myers, who was benched for a game early last season. “Two years in a row now. It doesn’t feel very good, but silver lining, I responded the way I needed to last time, and this is what I have to do this time.”

Myers is in the first year of a seven-year, $38.5 million extension that pays him $12 million this season. He’s struggled mightily so far this season looking lost in the defensive zone with a league-low plus/minus of -9 (tied with Blake Wheeler and David Jones) and he’s got just one goal and no assists offensively.

Ruff has been looking to find ways to shake things up and benching Myers tonight does just that. How he responds after this is vitally important to the team.

  1. kgun80 - Feb 9, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Lindy did this last year and Myers came back and actually was more physical for a few games and then reverted back to the way he’s been playing lately shortly after. The kid has talent and size but he just can’t seem to use it to his advantage. He’s got to add some weight and watch game film of Chara and Pronger soo he can get an understanding of how to use his size to his advantage …not only physically but of how to play against the rush. Truthfully I blame Ruff he has to coach him better and teach him how is positioning affects his overall game

  2. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:25 PM


  3. seanaveryrules - Feb 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Myers is pretty much 1 of the worst defensive players in the league, so this is no surprise

  4. kgun80 - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:03 PM

    He’s a young player with a lot of talent and he is going through a rough patch. I think he can still be a good player in the NHL. Your tag Seanaveryrules..says it all about your hockey opinion .

  5. kingjoe1 - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    The Sabres need to trade this dude to the Flyers for gervais and Read.

    • soj83 - Feb 9, 2013 at 3:41 PM

      why would the Flyers do that? I won’t even get into the salary cap hit. Myers may develop into the player he was projected to be, but these last couple of years he has made Wade Redden’s old contract look like a bargain.

      • phillyphever - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        IDK, maybe Pronger can help him learn a thing or two about using his size on defense.

      • kingjoe1 - Feb 9, 2013 at 6:09 PM

        Frankly the Flyers aren’t good enough this year they need to plan their future now. Get Myers with read a g and perhaps do something with briere now. Use the exemptions on hartnell and Bryz. They need to resign Schenns, cout and G. But somehow better on d. They will be able grab Luongo on the cheap after the Canucks exempt him. Myers salary after this year is not a big hit

    • odj810 - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:41 AM

      king joe this isn’t nhl 13, grow up and make sense.

  6. drewsylvania - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    He’s a stick figure–needs to get in the weight room or doing the “NHL players’ regimen”.

  7. ballsohardu - Feb 9, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    Still when he’s at the top of his game he’s a top 10 defenseman with his size and ability, kid needs to get his head out of his a** and bring it every night

  8. stakex - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Someone needs to explain to me why they gave him that contract in the first place. Hes a good offensive defensemen, but hasn’t shown hes worth anywhere close to that kind of money yet.

    GMs really need to stop giving out contracts based on maximum poptential, and give them out based on how a player actually plays.

  9. tampabayirish - Feb 9, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    So soft he makes Victor Hedman look tough. In his defense, at least Victor is an excellent puck moving defenseman and his one move, the long reach stick sweep (“the flying purse”) is usually effective on defense.

  10. pftbillsfan - Feb 9, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    I’m surprised that someone who uses a nickname that involves Sean Avery is such a tool. Oh wait….

  11. withseidelinn - Feb 10, 2013 at 1:15 PM

    It is so embarrassing how he is being paid $12 million for this season. There is no player in the league right now that deserves that kind of money. Rieger sure likes to throw cash at unproven guys. (Leino)

  12. buffalomafia - Feb 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    The ownership sucks! They should fire both Ruff & Regeire but the owner doesn’t have the balls!

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