I don't understand why people keep saying this. The Sabres really only have 6, maybe 7 NHL level defensemen. Myers, Ehrhoff, Tallinder, Weber, Pysyk, Sulzer and McBain. The rest are young guys who need to earn their time and/or need time in Rochester.
Yes, a guy who couldn't regularly crack the top 6 in NJ and was traded for a ECHL player is now a top pairing guy.
Makes perfect sense.
2013-2014 is about development. Getting Myers back on track to being a legit #1 defenseman is among the most important tasks for the organization. If Tallinder, a 6/7 defenseman for most other teams, helps get Myers back on track, it doesn't matter what pairing he's on.
This is a clear sign that the Sabres are far more concerned with the long-term than the short-term. As they should be.
Unless a trade happens its gonna be tough for risto to make the show
I'm OK with slowly developing the team. Rolston's got enough to do getting Myers back on track, developing Pysyk, and continuing Weber's rise. McNabb, McCabe, Ristolainen, and Zadarov developing elsewhere is a good idea. Less pressure on the youth, and Rolston's staff.
In a best-case scenario, by the time the defensemen in the system get to the team, Myers is the established #1 defenseman, Pysyk is established in the top 4, and Weber can be solidly slotted anywhere on the bottom two pairs. That takes a lot of pressure off the youth.