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 Ruhwedel. Brayden 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.
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?