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Sabres defenseman Myers close to extension

Posted on: September 14, 2011 11:11 am
Edited on: September 14, 2011 4:47 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

According to reports, the Sabres are close to locking down their young star Tyler Myers with a long-term extension. He is set to become a restricted free agent after next season when his entry-level contracts expire.

TSN's Bob McKenzie says Myers' deal would likely be in the six-year range for roughly $5.5 million per season, about the same length and money the Islanders just gave to John Tavares. Although Myers could be looking at an additional year onto the six years thrown out by McKenzie, according to ESPN.com's Pierre LeBrun.

Myers made an immediate impact in the NHL, earning the Calder Memorial Trophy for the league's top rookie. Standing 6-feet-8, he is a massive presence, who almost seems stronger than even he knows. His offensive numbers did dip a bit in his second season, recording 10 fewer assists and one less goal, but he's still seen as a huge part of the team's plan moving forward (literally and figuratively). Myers attributed his step back last season to trying to do too much.

If it goes through, it would be a pretty hefty price tag and the Sabres would clearly be banking on Myers showing his freshman year form again down the line.

A couple of other contract updates while we're at it here:

  The Maple Leafs appear to also be on the verge of a deal with their young star Luke Schenn (Toronto Sun)

  However the Coyotes and Kyle Turris don't appear to be any closer to an extension in their negotiations. (Andy Strickland)

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: September 14, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Isles' Tavares, Sabres' Myers close to extensions

Wow.  If Bob McKenzie is right I have to admit I'm a little surprised at what the Sabres are willing to pay this Myers kid.  5.5 million per season for a 21 year old kid that got a little worse last season then the year prior?  Don't get me wrong, he's a big and talented kid that plays a very important position.  But I think 5.5 million is a little crazy at his age, that's all.   I'm not surprised Tavares would get 5.5 million dollars on a team that doesn't have any comparable talent up the middle.  That being said I think salaries are getting out of control again in the NHL.....

I've said it before but as a Wings fan and a Niklas Kronwall fan as well I'm getting a little concerned.  I think Kenny Holland is going to have one heck of a time signing Kronwall before July 1st or before he becomes an UFA.  With Wisniewski getting around 5.5 million per season long term and older veterans like Jovanovski signing for over 4 million per season it was already going to be tough to sign Kronwall.  Now there are kids at 21 that haven't proven or won anything that are being signed long term for 5.5 million dollars?  

I smell trouble for Kenny Holland.... 


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