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Sabres want Myers to stay (or even get more) aggressive

Jan 15, 2014, 7:27 PM EDT

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In many cases, people wonder if a suspension might dull a player’s edge, especially if it isn’t the first instance. Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers doesn’t expect to change the way he plays coming off a three-gamer on Wednesday, which only delights his head coach.

“I don’t think I need to be changing my game. I’m not the type of guy that’s reckless or looking to injure somebody,” Myers said. “I think on that play, I was just trying to be aggressive and I think at my height and with my size, I think it’s going to happen sometimes. You have to be aware of it for sure, but I don’t think I want to change my game.”

While the 23-year-old stands at around 6-foot-8, he’s not known as physically punishing defenseman on the same level as other giants like Zdeno Chara. But aggressiveness isn’t always merely about throwing your body around, as Sabres bench boss Ted Nolan notes.

“We really like that mentality and I’m glad he said that. We don’t want him to lose that. We actually want him to be a little bit more aggressive,” Nolan said. “And when I say ‘aggressive,’ it’s aggressive carrying the puck, it’s aggressive shooting, it’s aggressive skating, it’s those type of things. If he play’s aggressively, he’s going to be a great, great player.”

It could be a physical night, however, as the Sabres face off against their increasingly bitter neighbors the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday.

Here’s video of the Myers suspension, if you need to jog your memory:

  1. sabatimus - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    I think Myers needs to learn how to play his position first before trying to be aggressive. “Aggressive” is not a word I like to see associated with a defenseman of poor ability.

  2. vanindeed - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Myers isn’t as punishing as Chara but is a better skater and could become as effective in time

    • winger58 - Jan 15, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      He’s not as punishing as Chara because he’s a lot younger. He’s a kid and built like one. In a few years he’ll start to fill out his body. Then you can compare him to Chara.

      • vanindeed - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:21 PM

        that’s what I was getting at.

  3. thedavesiknowiknow - Jan 16, 2014 at 12:24 AM

    Myers has the worst body language I’ve ever seen in interviews and often on the ice. Usually indicative of people who aren’t the “aggressive” types.

  4. djshnooks - Jan 16, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    A defenseman of poor ability?

    Yep, a former Calder Trophy winner needs to learn his position. He is 23 years old and once of the best young defenseman in the NHL…and will only get better with time.

    Some people amaze me…it is like their job is to make a complete fool of themselves.

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