Mar 6, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers (57) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tyler Myers Getting Interest From Detroit Red Wings

Tyler Myers has become a bit of a conundrum for the Buffalo Sabres as of late. He burst onto the NHL scene with a fantastic rookie campaign good enough to capture the Calder Trophy, but since the gentle giant has been anything but the Tyler Myers who captured the Calder and the hearts of many Sabres fans. Instead he has become more of a liability on the Sabres blue line, so much so that there has been talk the Sabres are willing to part ways with the defenceman. It appears the Buffalo Sabres might finally have a partner they can talk to about dealing away the giant on the blue line, as the Detroit Red Wings appear very interested in Tyler Myers.

The Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings were talking about a deal relating to the defenceman leading up to and throughout the NHL draft. However, nothing got done. That however has not scared off the Red Wings who are reportedly exploring other options or ways of prying the defenceman away from the Buffalo Sabres. GM Tim Murray has done an excellent job in restocking the Sabres prospect pool and with their depth on defence, Myers has become almost expendable. Is he a good defenceman? Of course he is, and he’s starting to re-find his game. But with players such as Nikita Zadorov, Rasmus Ristolainen, Jake McCabe, Brady Austin and Chad Ruhwedel waiting in the wings, Myers may find himself as the odd man out in Buffalo going forward.

That being said, with the Sabres recently buying out veteran defenceman Christian Ehrhoff, holding onto Myers might not be a horrible idea depending on what they could get back in a trade. Tyler Myers provides offence, defence and veteran leadership on a very young Buffalo Sabres squad going forward. There was even talk before the Sabres recent moves, that the defenceman might land the C on his chest next season.

The early reports state the Sabres are after 3 pieces and a high first round pick, quite a hefty price for any team to pay. On top of that, Murray would like to see at least one of Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar, Tomas Jurco, or Anthony Mantha coming back to Buffalo and obviously the Red Wings are willing to part with none of those prospects. The asking price is quite high right now, but that could always change. There is no immediate need for the Sabres to get rid of Tyler Myers, as their prospects are at least 3 seasons away from having a big impact with the NHL squad, while Myers is already a leader on the blue line and getting better under Ted Nolan. If the Sabres want to ditch the defenceman, it will be for a pretty penny, otherwise he won’t be going anywhere.

Despite the extremely high price, the Red Wings are still interested in the defenceman as they desperately want a right-handed defencmean and were not able to land any on July 1 and with Myers bringing a $5 million cap hit, he’s a very reasonable solution. If the Red Wings get desperate enough, don’t be surprised if they do pull the trigger on landing Tyler Myers.

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  • Mike Flynn

    No no no and no again I’ve said many times this year will be a big year for Myers he’s got a coach who believes in him and has given him his confidence back unless the sabres are receiving some elite level forward talent in return I wouldn’t deal Myers. All the prospects mentioned don’t have the ceiling Myers does he should huge turnaround last season it would be a huge mistake to deal him for anything less then a pat Kane type talent. Murray has also said unless he gets a huge overpayment for someone he’s done making moves

    • Yann93

      Mantha, Tatar, and Nyquist all have higher ceilings than Myers.

  • Joe

    If murray were to deal myers id lose all faith in him

    • Sabres4Life

      This along with the Sabres first two second rounders will be a big mistake.

  • poot

    @Mike Flynn, you obviously have no idea what the hell you’re talkin about man. Nyquist’s ceiling isn’t as high as Myers? Were are your facts? That’s right you have none. And by the way any GM in the league would rather have Mantha over Myers .

    • Sabres4Life

      Where are your facts? I don’t see you giving any facts… Rather hypocritical no?

  • Max Marko

    Obviously Murray could get big return for Myers, but I feel like if Murray wanted to trade Myers, he’d be gone by now. Detroit needs the help and rumors were fresh right before July 1st. I think Murray has faith in Myers and doesn’t want to see him go. Plus he is on a piss-poor team.

  • davidmuscalo

    I can’t believe any team would want a liability like Myers who is usually out of position and hasn’t a clue what to do next. I like Murray’s hubrus is asking a high price for this enigma with no fire in his belly.

    • Sabres4Life

      Lol liability? Get real man. Even Shea Weber would look like a liability on the Sabres blue line

      • davidmuscalo

        Comparing Myers to Shea Weber is ridiculous; Weber is a hockey player, Myers is a wimp. He lets players much smaller than he push him around and intimidate him.

        • Sabres4Life

          I’m not comparing their defensive abilities I’m just stating Weber would look like a normal defenseman on a horrible Sabres team. You got to read into the comment before you start flapping them gums my friend. Myers doesn’t let smaller players push him around. Once in awhile it happens but your acting like it happens every game. It happens to every big player in the NHL on a REGULAR basis.

          • davidmuscalo

            I’ll state my opinions what ever way I want to, and if you don’t like it, you can crawl back under your rock and brood!

  • qwicwted

    If Murray can get any one of the youngsters mentioned or even Glendening and a 1st round pick – go for it. Thing about Myers is while he improved a bit last year, he still is not consistent, isn’t a physical player for his size and I question his duribility.

  • Kevin

    I can see it now we ship Myers to Detroit, they teach him the right way to do things and make him an all star, while we sit and twiddle are thumbs waiting for draft picks to mature. I think we would be crazy to get rid of him on the cusp of his prime.

  • Joe Mazurkiewicz

    Mantha,Nyquist & 1st rounder for Myers & Stafford.

    • Yann93

      Wings aren’t parting with arguably two of their top three prospects. it’s a bad trade if the Wings give up Gus/Tatar/Mantha. Jurco wouldn’t be out of the question.

  • Dano

    Myers is expendable at this point. Pack him up for a first and a decent prospect and send him *anywhere*. After watching him play 100+ games LIVE , he needs to go back to the pond and learn a bit.

    At over 6 and a half feet, with a long reach, hes beaten by forwards constantly.. Why not watch some footage of Chara or Pronger to see how to use a reach that spans such a distance?

    • Sabres4Life

      I thought you were against stockpiling picks? Can’t play both sides.

      • Dano

        No, Im against intentionally TANKING then ‘ draft dreaming ‘. Its not playing both sides, drop your accusation and actually THINK please.

        • Sabres4Life

          You are on both sides; if you cannot see that then I think you should start thinking.

  • Sabres4Life

    Trading him would be one of Murray’s blunders thus far as GM.

    Also Detroit’s main interest is Mike Green now from what I heard.

  • E.R.S.

    After listening to the interview with Gorges, it seems he is under the impression that he was acquired to have Myers’s back and allow Myers to be more explosive offensively, and then teach him how to play a more simple style of defense in their own zone. If that is the case, it seems like Myers is absolutely a part of Murray’s more ‘long-term’ plan.