The Buffalo Sabres brought Henrik Tallinder back to town to stabilize Tyler Myers. A month into the season, it’s safe to consider Myers unstable still. There was a point in time not too long ago that the notion of a future in Buffalo sans Myers would have been outlandish and silly.
At this juncture, it’s almost looking like common sense.
Buffalo has done everything it could to revive Myers and his game. While it’s true that the team has been bad entirely, the safe question isn’t “is Myers bad because the Sabres or bad, or are the Sabres bad because Myers isn’t any good?” The safe question is “is the Myers experiment worth $5.5 million over the next half-decade?”
And let’s get real folks: Myers is an experiment at this point.
Unless you are the most staunch Myers supporter in the Northeast, it’s tough to think of a scenario where it would make monetary sense for the Sabres to hang on to the 23 year-old. They bit on the kid early and gave him a massive deal, but that shouldn’t weigh the team down until 2018-19.
If they can find someone to take on the youngster for a decent return, there’s no reason not to jump on it. Getting something for a guy who is on pace to be a minus-45 this season seems like a steal. Could he go somewhere and make Buffalo regret making the deal? Possibly, but he’s been absolutely awful over the last few seasons.
It’s not an issue of confidence. He’s not a teenager. Myers is an adult now, and he’s just never elevated his game to match his rookie levels. He appears to have peaked already, and 2009 is a long time ago in hockey years. The Sabres need to distance themselves from this debacle, whether it be via trade or buyout.