Buffalo Sabres Rumors: Team Quickly Finds Replacement for Tyler Myers

By Justin Söderberg
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The Buffalo Sabres were dealt a difficult hand on Thursday night, when they lost defenseman Tyler Myers to a season ending injury. Myers broke a bone in his leg in a 5-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night. A disappointing end to another disappointing season for the Sabres.

The Sabres didn’t wait long to find a replacement for the injured defenseman. On the same Thursday night, the UMass Lowell River Hawks were playing in the NCAA Division I Frozen Four against Yale University. The River Hawks fell to Yale in a overtime game at the Consol Engery Center in Pittsburgh, Penn, 3-2. With the loss, a few big name college players became NHL free agents, and the Sabres scooped up one quickly.

According to multiple reports, the Sabres have signed junior defenseman Chad Ruhwedel to a contract and are hoping to have him available for their Saturday afternoon game against the Philadelphia Flyers.


This season for the River Hawks, Ruhwedel tallied 23 points on seven goals and 16 assists to go along with a plus-16 rating. He was named to the Hockey East First All-Star Team, Hockey East Tournament All-Star Team, NCAA Northeast Regional Tournament All-Star Team, NEHWA Best Defenseman and NCAA All-America First Team.

On his way to winning his number of awards, Ruhwedel lead his River Hawks team to their first ever Hockey East regular season title, Hockey East Championship and first ever trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. Although he wasn’t able to get them the NCAA National title, it was one of the best seasons in UMass Lowell Division I history.

Ruhwedel brings a presence to the ice that can benefit the Sabres almost instantly. The defenseman is a leader on and off the ice and would be an asset on anyone’s roster.

The Sabres are hoping to have his deal finalized and in the lineup by game time Saturday, when they take on the Flyers. The contest will be televised on NBC Sports Network at 3:00 p.m. eastern.

Justin Soderberg is a Boston Red Sox and NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.

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