As if you needed any help getting ready for this Sabres season, here’s one more reason to stay glued to Twitter, the radio, or your favorite reporting/commentary source. The Sabres are rumored to be close to an extension with the 2009-10 Calder Memorial Trophy – Tyler Myers.
At around 2am EST, Bob McKenzie tweeted on the matter because apparently he believes that sleep is for the weak.
Now obviously rumors are rumors for a reason. This is not a reason to go out and party-
Fine. But this is the sports world and nothing is set in stone unless it’s actually set in stone. And even then there are last minute turnarounds and you aren’t even reading this because you’re celebrating a possible Tyler Myers extension before the season even starts, aren’t you?
The rumor is that the contract’s for around 6 years and an average of $5.5 million. Now, on one hand that is significantly shy of the 45 years I wanted them to keep him a Sabre. On the other hand, you can take one look at Drew Doughty’s shenanigans or the Shea Weber 1 year, $7.5 million deal and be elated that our elite, gigantic, game-changing defenseman is even talking about getting paid under $6 million per year. While it would make him the third-highest paid Sabre on the roster (after Vanek and Miller), would anyone be shocked?
That kind of salary is an incredible deal, especially considering that for a lot of people, the Sabres’ “never trade this guy” list consists of the current people: Tyler Myers. So we’ll see how this unfolds, whether the team can lock the big guy up for any longer and if Myers believes he’s worth more money than John Tavares (taking into account the inflation that comes with a New York Islanders’ contract).
Also of note is the fact that any kind of extension for Myers takes away what could be the biggest headache of this season. With the team up against the salary cap, fans can’t help but wonder how they’ll keep some players, particularly Myers and Tyler Ennis. An extension for Myers puts that money on next year’s cap, after the salary cap has gone up and room can be made. A hit of under $6 million makes an extension for Ennis a possibility too.
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