Defensive Woes Continue for the Buffalo Sabres


During the Buffalo Sabres first summer of free agency under the new ownership regime of Terry Pegula, the Buffalo Sabres attempted to bolster their defense by signing rugged blue liner Robyn Regehr, and offensive weapon Christian Ehrhoff.

No one to this point in the season could have imagined how anemic the defense in front of all world goalie Ryan Miller could have been to this point. Constant giveaways, poor line changes, mental breakdowns and lack of physical play has made this team go from looking like world beaters on paper, to a team that may struggle to stay in the top eight in the east.

Tyler Myers now in his second year removed from winning the Calder trophy as the NHL rookie of the year, and signing a giant multi-year extension this summer has been a leader of the collapse of the defensive unit. Now Myers is sitting at just four points in sixteen game and a +/- of -3 is far from what the Buffalo Sabres expected from Myers this season.

At best Myers has looked lost, and lacked focus while playing in his own end. His lazy style of play has not done his team any favors to this point.

Christian Ehrhoff the teams biggest signing this off season has complied 10 points but a +/- rating of -4. Again certainly not what the Sabres were expecting from a player with the highest NHL salary for this season at 10 million dollars. Ehrhoff must regain the form he had playing in Vancouver as a very responsible, yet offensive blue liner.

Ehrhoff has shown in the past, he while being very responsible on defense, can provide  an incredible offensive threat on the blue line. His lack of quality decision making has boggled many fans minds to this point this season.

The glaring issue here is that these two defense men are the only blue liners on the Sabres starting roster that are a minus player. Andrej Sekera, Robyn Regehr, Marc Andre Gragnani and Jordan Leopold are on the positive side of this stat.

If Buffalo is to stay competitive in the east Ehrhoff, and Myers may need to do a little soul searching, and remember what attributes they have that has made them an asset to teams up till this season.  

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