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Trade: Sabres re-acquire Henrik Tallinder from Devils

Jul 7, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

Henrik Tallinder AP

Henrik Tallinder is proving you can go home again.

The Buffalo Sabres acquired Tallinder in a straight swap with the New Jersey Devils in exchange for minor league forward Riley Boychuk.

Tallinder is often credited for helping Tyler Myers break out as a top-flight defenseman. Ever since he’s been out of Buffalo, however, things haven’t gone as smoothly for Myers.

Sabres GM Darcy Regier is happy to have him back in the fold.

“We are excited to have Henrik back in the mix on our blue line,” said Regier. “His experience will be invaluable not only in adding more stability to our back end, but also in the development of some of our younger defensemen.”

Tallinder joins a relatively crowded house on defense in Buffalo, albeit a mostly inexperienced one.

For the Devils, this deal works as a major salary dump as Tallinder is owed $3.5 million this season and comes with a cap hit of $3.375 million. New Jersey was already pushing the upper limit of the cap but now get a little breathing room.

  1. martysbetter - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    …who?

  2. kegmen7 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    …who cares- hes gone!

  3. ecnc30 - Jul 7, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    What? Is Hasek next…

  4. phillyphanatic77 - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    The Sabres now have about 10 NHL-caliber defensemen. And I thought they were going youth across the board? Not that Tallinder isn’t an ok player, acquiring him just doesn’t make much sense. Besides being Myers personal mentor.

    • tarotsujimoto74 - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Which is precisely why he’s here, Myers won the Calder playing next to Henrik.

      • phillyphanatic77 - Jul 7, 2013 at 3:41 PM

        Yeah but at some point Myers is going to have to produce without Tallinder’s safety blanket. I mean he’s what? 36? And Myers has too much physical ability to keep falling on his face. I guess if it’s to get him back on track it’s understandable, but Tallinder will be taking time away from the young guys ready to step up.

    • redridershoottheireyeout - Jul 7, 2013 at 11:21 PM

      If he can re-invigorate Myers play then he is worth the money, but the pressure just went up on our mercurial young D star to kick it up a major notch, if he doesn’t then it will seem like another ridiculous attempt of Darcy to look for magic in a bottle. I am hopeful that the draft and the few, VERY FEW, moves done lately signifies the change in direction and bears fruit and the sooner the better.

  5. thedavesiknowiknow - Jul 7, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    I remember in 2006 when the Sabres were praised for their foresight and ability to predict league-wide trends. Dumb luck. This isn’t a bad move- it is, however a move that represents what this g.m. has always been about- striving for mediocrity, at best. The best I can hope for, is essentially the plot from the movie “Major League” coming to life.

  6. richc111 - Jul 7, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    Ok let me get this right, It looks like a few years ago now it was a mistake to let him go. So now you bring him back 3-4 years later now in his mid 30’s and a big cap hit. sound like you might be 0-2 with him now. The good thing for Regier is he got a free pass on the last 15 years of mistakes, so now he gets to start on the next 5 years of mistakes. You have to start somewhere, and trying to fix a past mistake by making a new mistake sounds like a good start.

  7. thejrod2006 - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:01 PM

    From a Devils perspective….Good news to get that contract off of the books. It basically doubled the amount of cap space NJ has left, and now they can go get Henrique and Josefson resigned and have some wiggle room if they’re so inclined to spend up to the cap this year.

  8. 950003cups - Jul 7, 2013 at 10:06 PM

    It’s a great move for both players.

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