The Sabres looked to the future by turning to the past over the weekend, trading for former Sabre defenseman Henrik Tallinder in hopes of jump starting Tyler Myers game.
When paired in the 2009-10 season, Myers won the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie. Since then he's struggled finding balance and discipline in his game. His confidence has suffered and I think he's struggled to deal with some of the expectations surrounding the seven-year $38.5-million dollar contract extension the Sabres signed him to.
Making matters worse, he injured his ankle while playing in Europe during the lockout, and arrived in Buffalo out of shape for this past season.
Myers is working here in Buffalo, determined to put in the work to get his game back together. Apparently the Sabres wanted to take some added steps to make sure that happens. Over the weekend, they traded prospect Riley Boychuk to the Devils in exchange for Tallinder, who has struggled to stay healthy since leaving as a free agent and signing with the Devils. He's now 34-years old and was essentially cast aside by New Jersey as they deal with salary cap issues.
Tallinder adds to an already deep group of defensemen, and I think more than anything, shows how concerned the Sabres are about Myers game. Myers is reaching the point where I think he should be making others around him better, rather than needing a veteran to make him better.
If it helps Myers become the franchise defenseman the Sabres hope he can be, then it will be worth the very small price they paid to make the deal, but there are very legitimate questions as to if that will happen.
For some additional perspective, click the video player above to hear from NHL on NBC analyst Pierre McGuire.