Posts Tagged ‘Tyler Myers’

Top Line: Kris Letang relives stroke horror; trade rumors swirl; more links

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Kris Letang of the Pittsburgh Penguins

After suffering a stroke, Kris Letang was found unconscious on the floor by his wife. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

By Allan Muir

An annotated guide to this morning’s must-read hockey stories:

• Speaking for the first time since he suffered a stroke earlier this month, Penguins defenseman Kris Letang shared the horror of his life-altering experience. There’s still no word on when he might be able to return to the ice, but the fact that he has an eye on this season is the best possible news.

• Darren Dreger checks in with his take on trade rumors surrounding Ryan Kesler, Chris Phillips and Tyler Myers. I can see Myers moving at some point, but at the draft in June seems like better timing than the March 5 deadline. We’ll see.

• Brayden Schenn and Ryan O’Reilly could be among the players who would interest the Canucks in a potential trade trade for Kesler.

• Katie Strang says talks are ongoing between the Rangers and one of their pending free agents, but they’re at a stalemate with another.

• Tonight could mark the last home game for several players who are expected to be moved in the Sabres’ fire sale.

• Is Zdeno Chara really pressing the Bruins to add this guy at the deadline?

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  • Published On Feb 28, 2014
  • Tyler Myers breaks leg, out for season

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    Tyler Myers is out for the rest of the NHL season after breaking his leg.

    Towering Sabres blueliner Tyler Myers’ game had become as small as his salary is huge. (Alan Schwartz/Icon SMI)

    By Allan Muir

    It was hard to imagine things getting much worse for the Buffalo Sabres after that truly shameful effort against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday night, but this is a team that demands you keep an open mind about the levels to which it might sink.

    So, really, this morning’s news that defenseman Tyler Myers had broken his leg in the 5-1 loss shouldn’t come as a shock, given the way this disastrous campaign has played out for Buffalo.

    For Myers, this almost qualifies as a merciful end to a brutal season. The 2010 Calder winner — and the league’s highest-paid player – has lost his mojo and needs his career reset as much as he does his leg. It might have been the weight of trying to play up to that $12 million salary, or the responsibility of carrying an undermanned blueline, but Myers’ game fell apart this year with a flurry of unforced puck errors, weak positioning and poor decisions. Getting away from this gong show might be exactly what he needs right now.

    Another positive: the Sabres can get a look at one of their promising young defenders. The team hasn’t announced a call-up yet, but Alex Biega, a fifth-rounder from 2006, could be the guy. At just 5′-10″, he’s nearly a foot shorter than Myers, but he has shown some playmaking ability from the back end.

    And if nothing else, the Sabres are one game closer to the draft lottery, right? Of course, the way things are going, the NHL will forget to put Buffalo’s balls in the hopper…

    As Jesse Spector summed it up:

  • Published On Apr 12, 2013
  • Top Line: Pegula’s failure in Buffalo, NHL trade rumors and more

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    Braden Holtby has had a terrible start to 2013, but improved against Florida. [Jeanine Leach/Icon SMI]

    Braden Holtby has had a terrible start to 2013, but improved against Florida. [Jeanine Leach/Icon SMI]

    By Allan Muir

    Another extended Snowmaggedon guide to today’s must-read hockey stories:

    • Sabres owner Terry Pegula might be a brilliant businessman, but he’s a joke of an owner according to several NHL insiders. A hatchet job by the Buffalo News, or a fair indictment of a man who somehow doesn’t recognize the sad state of his own affairs? It doesn’t help that his $12 million man was scratched last night. 

    • Wayne Gretzky called this Swede “his favorite player of the last decade.” Except what he really said was probably “favourite.”

    • Bruce Garrioch has trade talk involving the Ducks, Sharks, Wild and more in his Sunday column.

    • What is the price of principle? In the case of Tim Thomas, bailing on the Bruins likely cost him his shot at the Hall of Fame. I’m guessing he can live with that.

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  • Published On Feb 10, 2013