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Myers: ‘I wasn’t anywhere near where I should’ve been’ for Sabres last year

Aug 22, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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There were plenty of people that criticized Tyler Myers‘ play last season.

That group of people now includes…Tyler Myers.

“I think I’ll be the first one to say I wasn’t anywhere near where I should’ve been last year,” Myers told the Sabres Hockey Hotline radio show on Thursday.

Last year was a continuation of the slump that’s dogged him since winning the Calder Trophy in 2010. His offensive production –- he had 48 points in 82 games during his rookie campaign – has declined since he broke into the league, bottoming out with a career-worst 0.08 point per game average in 2013.

And his struggles were capped off in one of the worst possible ways, when he suffered a broken bone in his leg in April, prematurely ending his year.

Myers has since rehabbed his leg, but also spent considerable time working on the mental part of his game.

“Going into seasons in the past, I’ve never trained my mind like this so it’s a different approach and I’ve actually really enjoyed it,” he explained. “I’ve really tried to embrace the work behind it – to just be prepared for any type of situation that comes up.”

With the towering Myers – he stands at 6’8″ and weighs 227 pounds – locked into a seven-year contract worth $38.5 million and an annual cap hit of $5.5 million, the Sabres need him to rediscover his ’10 form.

To that end, the club brought back veteran presence Henrik Tallinder in a draft-day trade with the Devils.

The 34-year-old Swede was Myers’ defensive partner during his Calder Trophy-winning campaign and, while head coach Ron Rolston has yet to confirm the two would be playing together again, Myers is excited merely with Tallinder’s presence on the team.

“I was very, very excited,” Myers said of hearing Tallinder was headed back to Buffalo.

  1. westinpat - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    Everyone knew this already. Stop talking and start playing up to that contract you signed.

  2. alswingman - Aug 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Think about it, this guy is making comparable money to the very best in the game. 12 million a year is insane. It is overpaying him by 11.5 million. What a waste. What stupidity by Sabres management. That’s not a hindsight accusation. That is basic common sense, If you pay a guy that kind of money, he better have proven himself beyond a fluke year to be one of the best in the game. To get nothing out of it sets the franchise back. Sad part is Sabres management will not be held accountable because it’s such a bad organization.

    • dirte42 - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      you’ve got some serious math skills….

  3. redridershoottheireyeout - Aug 23, 2013 at 1:42 AM

    the organization is a joke from the owner down, even the Bills are better, and that is bad when you are worse than the Buffalo Bums.

    • bullwinkle88 - Aug 23, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Glad to see that I’m not the only one that calls the the “Buffalo Bums”. I’ve done that for decades!

      But I seriously doubt the Sabres have stooped that low…at least I’d like to think not.

  4. elemeno89 - Aug 23, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    He’ll bounce back. Took Chara 5 seasons to become a consistent 40 pt per season player. Myers is young and has some time to get there, and I really believe he will. The impatience and the extremely high expectations from Sabres fans is getting a bit ridiculous.

    • westinpat - Aug 25, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      Buffalo fans expect a player to improve as seasons go on but Myers continues to make the same mistakes each season. Hopefully with a new coach motivating him and playing along a familiar D partner he can start to become consistent like Chara.

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