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LaFontaine says Myers will be given time to get ‘back where he was’

Nov 19, 2013, 5:19 PM EDT

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An interesting tidbit from the CBC’s Elliotte Friedman in his weekly “30 Thoughts” column:

Asked about the struggles of Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers, Pat LaFontaine brought up how the New York Islanders gave up on Zdeno Chara too early. “The thing that encourages me is that [Myers has] already proven what he can do. We need to create the environment so that he has everything he needs to go back where he was … If it’s something where we’ve tried everything to give him that environment [yet fails], then maybe a change is what is needed.” That said, Lafontaine stressed Myers will be given time under the new regime.

Myers, 23, is still fighting to rediscover the form that made him the NHL’s rookie of the year in 2009-10. In 22 games this season, he has just one goal and four assists. But despite those struggles, he remains a tantalizing talent, so it’s not surprising to hear he’ll be given time “under the new regime.”

Myers is signed through 2018-19 with a cap hit of $5.5 million. If the Sabres ever do get to the point where “maybe a change is what is needed” (translation: a trade), it’s worth pointing out his salary falls as the front-loaded contract progresses. In the last year of the deal, for example, he’ll be paid just $3 million.

As for potential destinations, it’s probably too early to speculate. But we’ll go ahead and link to this post about Edmonton’s desire to add a “big, stud defenseman” anyway.

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  1. rabidbillsfan - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Not something I wanted to hear. Drafting 2 guys in the 1st round should have been enough for him to “rediscover” his form. I’ll admit, he has picked up his physical play as of late, but I don’t think it will be consistent, nor overly effective all season. I’m not saying give up on him, as his value is low right now (at least low for what his value could be had he just been playing consistently) and returns wouldn’t be worth it, but you can’t cater to him because the rest of the team will suffer as a result. Flipping D-men pairings just so he can find his niche sounds like an “old regime” style of thinking. I’d say put the pressure on him to preform, that’s a trait of all the other franchise D-men in the NHL. If he crumbles, cut bait and use the resources elsewhere. We can’t keep thinking about “what if”, that’s what put this team in the position they are in in the first place. And quit basing decisions off the reaction from the D*** fan-base, rational decisions are made unbiased, and that is not what fans are.

  2. storminator16 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

    Best case scenario for Sabres: Myers gets slowly rounds into form and gets hot right up to the trade deadline.

  3. miket333 - Nov 19, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    I’d say Myers has been a bit better the last few games. Someone needs to plant a mean streak in his brain though.

  4. leninthebuff - Nov 20, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    “As for potential destinations, it’s probably too early to speculate. But we’ll go ahead and link to this post about Edmonton’s desire to add a “big, stud defenseman” anyway.”

    Big yes, stud, no franking way. Unless Teddy can toughen him up, Myers will never be a stud defenseman.

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