This week in Puck Stop, we profile the Sabres’ newest defenseman, Tyler Myers.
As if the first three games of the season wasn’t enough to create buzz and excitement, Myers again made a strong case for himself that he is here to stay in his play this past Tuesday, a statement making 6-2 Buffalo win against the Detroit Red Wings. While everyone is trying to stay grounded and focused despite the team’s fast start, all the talk on local sports radio, message boards and blogs is focused on Tyler Myers and his future as a potential superstar in the NHL and as a Buffalo Sabre.
But what about the short term? Many are asking if Myers will be sent back down to his junior team in Kelowna, or will he stay with the Sabres permanently. And what is the significance of Myers’ being on the roster for nine regular season games?
So we asked Sabres Public Relations Director Mike Gilbert, and he offered this explanation. “The nine games simply involves year one of Myer’s contract. He signed a three year agreement with the team, and if he stays beyond the nine games, then year one goes into effect. If he gets sent down, then year one doesn’t kick in until he returns. All this means that ultimately his arbitration rights, free agency, etcetera would kick in that much quicker should the team elect to keep him,” said Gilbert.
So that’s pretty much it. Translation… either the Sabres get to keep Myers at a lower price for as long as possible, or they lock him up to a long term contract at some point and pay the best case scenario of the big bucks that Myers will surely command.
Just like they did with Drury, Campbell and Briere.
Meanwhile, check out the video of the Sabres highlight reel from this past Tuesday. Tyler Myers totally makes the second goal happen, thanks to his end to end rush which looked absolutely Perreault-esque. Myers took the puck right to the net and almost stuffed it by Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood. The rebound kicked out to Patrick Kaleta, who buried it on the backhand to give the Sabres a 2-1 lead. Good times! Good times!