With Andrej Sekera and Patrick Kaleta most likely returning to the ice for Buffalo, head coach Lindy Ruff has made the decision to scratch Tyler Myers from the lineup in tonight’s game against the New York Islanders.
It was only a matter of time for the struggling defenseman. His play has yet to improve since the start of the season and he has been more of a liability on the ice for Buffalo. This is the second year in a row that Myers has been benched like this.
“I’m embarrassed and I should be,” Myers said in response to being scratched from the lineup. “Two years in a row now, it doesn’t feel very good, but silver lining I responded the way I needed to last time and that’s what I have to do the second.”
Myers has not scored a point since their first game of the season, and is currently sitting with a minus-9 rating on the year which is the team’s worst. It’s clear Ruff is trying to send a message to the young defenseman that a lot more is expected out of him.
I’m sure Sabres’ fans agree that the decision to sit Myers is long overdue the way he has been stinking it up on the blue line this year. Hopefully being banished to the pressbox for tonight’s game will motivate the young defenseman to get back on track this season and re-discover his style of play that won him the Calder Cup.
On a side note, I really want to see defenseman Adam Pardy get more playing time in Buffalo. He brought life to the Sabres’ struggling defense and deserves the chance to continue proving himself. Sit Myers or Leopold for a few games and let Pardy get some more ice time.
The Buffalo Sabres are looking to ride the momentum from their comeback win against the Habs as they take on the New York Islanders on the road tonight at 7:00.