When the window opened for compliance buyouts a couple of weeks ago, there was an assumption that the Buffalo Sabres would cut the cord with at least one overpaid player. There was some buzz that that player could be 23-year-old Tyler Myers, the $5.5 million man.
The last few years haven’t been too kind to Myers, in terms of his performance. After a brilliant first couple of years in the league, which featured point totals of 48 and 37, respectively, from the blue line, Myers hasn’t had the same type of success. His massive contract extension, which was for seven years and carried a $5.5 million cap hit, has looked like a tremendous mistake.
Injuries have limited him over the course of the last two years, which has certainly led to a negative impact on his performance. His point totals combined over the past two seasons haven’t even equaled the 37 points from his second season. He posted 23 in 2011-12, followed by just eight in 39 games this year.
That disappointing 2013 season also came with a minus-8 rating, the worst rating of his career. He’s been strong in his own zone, playing that physical game and blocking plenty of shots, but there has been a noticeable drop off his in level of play, particularly on offense.
That could be changing headed into the 2013-14 season, though. The Sabres have upgraded their defensive depth, with one of their additions being former d-man Henrik Tallinder. It was Tallinder next to Myers during that brilliant 48-point rookie season, when he won the Calder Trophy.
There’s no doubt that Myers should benefit by having Tallinder back in the mix next to him on the blue line. Neither one has managed to repeat the success that they had 2009-2010. The re-acquisition of Tallinder should lead to a big upswing in the level of play of Myers, and could very well help him to regain that Calder Trophy form.