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Buffalo Sabres Acquire Henrik Tallinder

And just like that the suffering continues.  The Buffalo Sabres, despite going on a rebuilding and youth movement kick that started back when Paul Gaustad was traded to the Nashville Predators, have brought back into the fold a former defenseman.

Henrik Tallinder is now a member of the Buffalo Sabres again.

A second round draft selection of the Buffalo Sabres who signed with the New Jersey Devils in July 2010 after testing free agency.

The Buffalo Sabres part with minor league forward Riley Boychuk.  Boychuk was a seventh round selection in the 2010 entry draft.

Adding Tallinder back to your blue line gives the Buffalo Sabres more organizational depth at the defensive position, and gives the youth of tomorrow a mentor today.  Tallinder has one more year on his current contract and will cost the Buffalo Sabres 3.5 million with a 3.375 million cap hit.

Bringing Tallinder back is going to put more confidence in Tyler Myers.  Myers and Tallinder were a pair in Myers Calder Trophy season.

Your Buffalo Sabres defensive corps now looks like Christian Ehrhoff, Alexander Sulzer, Tyler Myers, Henrik Tallinder, and Mike Weber all sitting at the NHL ready.  That is five NHL defenseman.  Mark Pysyk is NHL ready, and so is Chad RuhwedelBrayden McNabb and Jamie McBain will be fighting for the sixth spot as well.    Add into the mix newly drafted defenseman Rasmus Ristolainan – who is said to be NHL ready out of the draft.

The Buffalo Sabres have added depth, youth, and experience onto their blue line, and going into training camp, know that Ryan Miller and Jhonas Enroth will be in net.

Darcy Regie has been busy stocking his defense, but he still has a team unable to score goals.  When will the offense get the much needed upgrade the it so desperately needs to make this team better?

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  • philherz

    The only thing I can figure is that the Sabres will skate 3 or 4 defensemen per shift!

    • Kevin

      LOL! I can only hope it gives Myers the confidence he needs. By the
      way, it’s not anything new for DR to go into a season with a wiley
      veteran DMan. Think back to James Patrick, then Teppo, then RR and now
      Hank. Anybody see the pattern?

  • Cory Askew

    This is unreal I just don’t understand what DR is thinking why bring tallinder, back he had a good stint in buffalo but why would we take on a defensemen that clogs up our blue line and takes a spot away from a young kid if we’re rebuilding the team wouldn’t we want to get the young guys nhl experience? Maybe it’s just me i personally think guys like ruhwedel and mcnabb should be regulars on the team the only way they will grow as players is to be in nhl game situations. Just my two cents

    • qwicwted

      His thinking is that Tallinder will help Tyler regain his confidence and form that he had in his first two years (when he played with Tallinder). I also think Tallinder brings mentoring skills for our youth. I have no problem with this signing. I also think it may open the door to packaging one of our d-men for a trade. I’m wondering if Darcy may be thinking offer sheet to Stephan or whether he has his eye out on doing a package deal involving Miller and a d-man.

      • Cory Askew

        I agree with your opinion on tallinder helping Myers out, it’s no secret Myers played his best with tallinder as his D partner. I guess we will have to see how it all pans out. I think tallinder is a solid stay at home d man that compliments Myers more offensive style. Robyn Regher didn’t compliment Myers as well.

  • Thomas Eric

    To me this just stalls the rebuild of our teammandthe youth movement you know hinder the development of pysyk, ruhwedel, mcnabb, and the two new picks this is just a dumb idea I know veteran presence can be a good thing how ever in this case we should do an all out rebuild and just play our youth NHL ready prospects this is the best idea if we have to suffer lets suffer by watching our future grow while also putting us in position to acquire game changing forwards in future drafts the name mcdavid come to mind in 2-3 years he will be draft eligible

  • Limestein

    This is a great move. Gets the experience Regeir was talking about and some flexibility to make another move. Tallinder may not be flashy but he’ll be expected to elevate Myers’ game. He can also be counted on to make a good first pass out of the zone, which is critical to getting the offense going. Darcy can now use one of the extra D in a package to get another piece like Chris Stewart. I just hope it’s Mike Weber who goes out the door.

  • Justin Tosczak

    The biggest part that bothers me is about this is that we drafted 2 d in the first round. If we are planning on having these new, young, skilled defense man develop, then why sign Tallinder instead of good, scoring talent. Or, If we had drafted skilled scoring talent, then bringing in the D-man is a good move. Having 9 talented D just does not make sense for me….

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