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Tyler Myers gets scratched for being a non-defensive defenseman

Tyler Myers , Claude Giroux

Buffalo Sabres’ Tyler Myers (57) skates past Philadelphia Flyers’ Claude Giroux (28) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/John Hickey)


After Tyler Myers looked like a lost dog on defense against the Bruins on Saturday night, coach Lindy Ruff is banishing him to the press box for tonight’s game against Montreal.

Myers being made a healthy scratch for the game tonight is a first in his career and after a very uninspiring game against the Bruins that saw him turn the puck over leading to goals and looking like he’s never defended a two-on-one before in his career. Myers, of course, signed a monster contract extension in the offseason to remain a fixture in Buffalo for the next seven seasons. To see a healthy scratch come this soon in his career is what Buffalo hopes is a small bump in the road to prevent future, long term nightmares.

Taking Myers’ spot in the lineup will be Mike Weber. Weber has played just one game this season going pointless with a -2 rating and seven penalty minutes. The Sabres need some toughness and defensive smarts tonight and they’ll at least get half of that in Weber. The key for Myers will be to see how he responds after this benching. Improvement or continued failure? We shall see.