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05-12-2013, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by armandh01 View Post
You don't see the downside? He was playing like crap before he suffered a major injury. Now he has to recover from the said injury, rehab it, get back up to strength just so he can start from being crap again while we hope he becomes to star he is meant to be. You want to take on 5.5 cap hit on that? Absolutely asinine. We need a functional Dman NOW not bet on his health. We did that with Whitney.

This also isn't a case of "struggling at times", it is a case of struggling for awhile and that was before the injury; which will probably exasperated whatever issues he had before hand.
Even a disastrous season for Tyler Myers still had him playing the second most minutes (averaging 21:19 TOI/game) of anyone on the Sabres team before breaking his leg. His "poor play" was mostly his failure to produce points, something that makes him lethal. All young NHL defenseman have periods of struggle, and he will bounce back.

Whitney's injury was a lot more permanently debilitating than Myer's broken leg. With Ryan Whitney, they had to re-attach a tendon in his right ankle, a tendon that essentially looked like Swiss cheese. Tyler Myers isn't much of a gamble imo; his upside is elite among NHL defenders.

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