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With Ted Nolan Remaining as Head Coach of Buffalo Sabres, Tyler Myers Will Become a Dominant Force

May 6th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Anthony Custode Jr

Tyler Myers has had a tough time in the NHL since winning the Calder Trophy in his rookie season, but he seemed to get some of his game back when Ted Nolan took over as head coach of the Buffalo Sabres.

'Ted Nolan' photo (c) 2009, Keith & Alyssa - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Anyone in the Buffalo locker room could see that former head coach Ron Rolston was toxic, specifically for Myers. During interviews, Myers almost seemed depressed while Rolston fumbled to try to coach the team. 

That demeanor quickly changed when Rolston was finally fired in favor of Nolan, and it was noticeable on the very first day. In an interview with Sabres 101, Myers expressed his excitement for being able to play for Nolan, and his mood changed from a depressed kid searching for answers, to a young man eager to get to work and find his game. Myers echoed those very sentiments in a recent conversation with Sabres.com.

“As soon as Ted came in, my first meeting with him, hearing him say, ‘Go out there,’ – I don’t want to say, encourage me to make mistakes – but basically, ‘Don’t worry about it if I do,’” Myers told Sabres.com. “It helped me out a lot. I thought positive strides were taken for me this year and it’s just a matter of building on that.”

Myers hit strides and showed that he has the ability to be the dominant two-way defenseman the Sabres need, which is why it is ludicrous for anyone to suggest that the Sabres should trade him. Myers is just 24 years old and will be coming into his own this season, after suffering a sophomore slump and Rolston's carnage. Trading Myers would only prove to be another case of the Sabres giving up on a player too soon and watching him become a star somewhere else.

Tags: Buffalo, Buffalo Sabres, Hockey, NHL

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