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What will the Sabres do with Tyler Myers, Jordan Leopold?

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10:23 PM ET 02.01 | In my game recap of the Sabres-Bruins game, I tried to focus on the positives. After all, it was a big win, a fun game to watch, and a high profile display of one of the NHL's best players right now, Thomas Vanek. Even with my upbeat approach, however, there was one problem I feel compelled to discuss: Buffalo's defense. Specifically, Tyler Myers and Jordan Leopold. I didn't dwell on them too much last night; today, it's time to dwell. I'm afraid I have to break one of my momma's rules: if you don't have anything nice to say about someone, don't say anything at all. Sadly, I don't have anything nice to say about Tyler Myers, but I'm still to going say this: he's playing atrocious right now, and if he doesn't improve he will find himself sitting on the bench for an entire game, real soon. If you want proof, and you're a numbers kind of person, then his stats for the season will support my argument very clearly. Through seven games played, Myers has one goal and no assists. He has managed to fire off six shots, but has at least earned 12 penalty minutes so far, which would imply he is trying to become a more physical presence. His plus/minus is -3. Overall, the NHL will tell you he is ranked 97th in the league among all defensemen -- there are three Sabres ahead of him -- but in terms of goals, assists, points, and plus/minus, his rankings vary between 147th to 550th. Numerically speaking, Myers is not anywhere near the defenseman everyone hoped he would be following his rookie season.

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Jordan Leopold, AP Photo/Cal Sport Media Jordan Leopold, AP Photo/Cal Sport Media
February 2, 2013  07:54 AM ET

Apparantly one of the comparables Subban was throwing around was Myers. I guess he provd himself while offering all that money up front is a bod idea.

February 2, 2013  07:55 AM ET

bad idea

February 2, 2013  08:26 AM ET

OK, I get Sabre Noise's rant against Tyler Myers but, what about Jordan Leopold? What did he do? Is he bad? Is he good? Tell us, FCOL! The suspense is killing me!

February 2, 2013  09:57 AM ET

Myers= Sophmore jinx? Happens to the best of rookies.

February 2, 2013  10:12 AM ET

Sabre Noise = some moop with a computer. Ignore it all Tyler.

February 2, 2013  10:47 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Sabre Noise = some moop with a computer. Ignore it all Tyler.

That moop is Richard Spalding. To paraphrase an old Nixon axiom....

"Dick Spalding before he **** you."

February 2, 2013  10:48 AM ET

**** = dicks

February 2, 2013  03:16 PM ET

I dunno what they'll do, but they better pick it up because my habs are dominating them at the moment.

February 2, 2013  05:41 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Myers= Sophmore jinx? Happens to the best of rookies.

Sophomore, junior AND senior jinx? He has steadily declined since his rookie year with each season being worse than the last.

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February 3, 2013  12:53 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Myers= Sophmore jinx? Happens to the best of rookies.

Isn't Myers in his 4th season pretty long jinx

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